A Place of Execution

Val McDermid

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Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezlng day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from her town, an insular community that distrusts the outside world. For the young George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the anonymity of the inner city, and an outcome which reverberates through the years.

Decades later he finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, Bennett unaccountably tries to pull the plug. He has new information which he refuses to divulge, new information that threatens the very foundations of his existence. Catherine is forced to re-investigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down.

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.
 
A Place of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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"One of the most ingenious mystery novels ever."--Newsday

"Inventivly conceived and wonderfully written...A marvel from start to finish."--Wall Street Journal

"Val McDemid's best work to date."--Times Literary Supplement

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Val McDermid lives in Great Britain.

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Anthony Awards - Winner, Dilys Award - Winner, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Macavity Award - Winner, L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner

Mass Market Paperbound

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 2001
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312979539
ISBN10: 0312979533
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 480 pages
$7.99

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Minotaur Books
October 2009
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ISBN: 9780312644536
ISBN10: 0312644531
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
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April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429907033
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