Closer Still

A Brodie Farrell Mystery

Brodie Farrell Mysteries (Volume 8)

Jo Bannister

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“Bannister is one of the undersung treasures of the mystery genre.” ---Chicago Tribune

Although she has been trying to put her work, running a one-woman detective agency, on hold while she cares for her new baby, Jonathan, Brodie soon learns that taking time off is not as easy as it sounds. Not only does Jonathan have a rare disease that may leave him blind, his father, Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon, is going after the nastiest crook in town, Joe Loomis, who quickly retaliates by threatening Brodie and little Jonathan. 

When Loomis bleeds to death while trying to utter a name that begins with the letter “D,” Brodie isn’t quite sure it is just a coincidence and worries Deacon may have become entangled in yet another crime. But Loomis had plenty of enemies and Deacon isn't the only one who had reason to do him harm. When Dev Stretton, another suspect, turns out to be linked to Brodie’s best friend, Daniel Hood, she has no choice but to take up the search for the killer. As events spiral out of control and entanglements weave together in complex patterns, Brodie must learn to keep her friends close, and her enemies closer still.

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Closer Still
Chapter OneIt was later than he thought. He'd been in the back room of The Rose for hours, conducting business. Then he got talking, and more than talking, and now it was two o'clock on a wet autumn morning and people with homes to go to had long since gone. The rain-slick pavement shone under the street lamps but all the houses were dark. He grinned to himself as he hunched his collar about his ears. Most south coast towns took on a different kind of life after midnight. Dimmock just pulled the duvet over its head and went to sleep.

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“[Flawed] will make you laugh, snort or blink back tears . . . [with] piercing insights into the con?icts that still rage in the hearts of Bannister’s regulars, the most tormented continuing cast outside The Sopranos.” ---Kirkus Reviews

“Bannister is one of the genre’s best.” ---Booklist

“[Daniel Hood and Brodie Farrell] are as dogged a pair as exists in the genre, and the reader, whether looking for psychological insights or a strong pursuit, is rewarded for being along for the ride.” ---Houston Chronicle

“A new sleuth with an original style.” ---The New York Times Book Review

“Bannister is as good at creating suspense as she is at creating characters.” ---San Jose Mercury News


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Jo Bannister

Jo Bannister began her career as a journalist after leaving school at sixteen to work on a weekly newspaper. She was shortlisted for several prestigious awards and worked as an editor for some years before leaving to pursue her writing full-time. She lives in Northern Ireland.

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Closer Still
A Brodie Farrell Mystery
Jo Bannister

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Minotaur Books
August 2008
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ISBN: 9781429945158
ISBN10: 142994515X
336 pages
$2.99
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