The Hireling's Tale

Castlemere Detectives (Volume 6)

Jo Bannister

Minotaur Books

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When a young woman is found dead at the bottom of a boat in the Castlemere Canal, completely naked, and full of crack cocaine, the inhabitants of the dockside town are shocked. How could such a thing happen in Castlemere? The town's trio of police, detectives Frank Shapiro, Liz Graham and Cal Donovan, are concerned with answering a more basic set of questions: Who is this woman? How did she get on that boat? Why?

The detectives quickly determine that she was thrown off the roof of a local hotel -- where an international business convention was being held, complicating the list of suspects. Suddenly, the deaths of a sheep from a local farm and of a homeless man throw the case off course -- someone in Castlemere is using live objects for target practice. Shapiro finds out firsthand that there is a professional killer on the loose, leaving Graham and Donovan to try and piece this puzzling case together alone.

When a panicky phone call from a friend of the dead woman offers to shed light on these bizarre events Liz sends Donovan to fetch her. It should take only a few hours, but even that may be too long...

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The Hireling's Tale
Part OneChapter OneIt had been a busy weekend for all of them, long periods of serious concentration interspersed by sudden, intense bouts of bargaining. Tempers had frayed and accusations had been hurled in a wide variety of languages - so many, fortunately, that almost nobody knew what he'd been accused of, which speeded the mending of both fences and friendships.Now the work was over, the deals were done, and almost sixty customers and potential customers for custom engineering products were unwinding in the convivial atmosphere created by a free bar.

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The Hireling's Tale
Jo Bannister

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312244002
ISBN10: 0312244002
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$23.95

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Minotaur Books
December 1999
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ISBN: 9781466808294
ISBN10: 1466808292
304 pages
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