By Val McDermid
On a freezing day in December 1963, Alison Carter vanishes from her rural village, an insular neighborhood that distrusts the surface global. For the younger George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it's the starting of his so much tricky and harrowing case--a suspected homicide without physique, an research with extra lifeless ends and closed faces than he'd have present in the anonymity of the internal urban, and an final result that reverberates during the years.
Decades later Bennett ultimately tells his tale to journalist Catherine Heathcote, yet simply while the e-book is poised for book, he unaccountably attempts to tug the plug. He has new details that he refuses to expose, new info which threatens the very foundations of his life. Catherine is pressured to reinvestigate the previous, with effects that flip the area the wrong way up.
A Greek tragedy in sleek England, Val McDermid's A position of Execution is a taut mental mystery that explores, exposes, and explodes the border among truth and phantasm in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectation on its head and reminds us that what we all know is what we don't be aware of.
A position of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times publication Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.
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I could not have completed this book without the help of Janet Carter, Tommy Clough, Peter Grundy, Charles Lomas, Kathy Lomas and Don Smart. I have taken some artistic licence in ascribing thoughts, emotions and dialogue to people, but these sections are based on my interviews with those of the surviving protagonists who agreed to help me to try to create a truthful picture both of a community and the individuals within it. Some of what happened on that terrible December night in 1963 will of course never be known.
On a nod from Sergeant Lucas, four of the uniformed men who’d arrived minutes after the dog team fell into step behind them, fanning out to cover the ground with the cones of their torch beams. George followed them for a few yards, not certain whether he should join their party or wait for the two CID officers he’d summoned but who hadn’t arrived yet. Their path touched the village green at a tangent then, via a stone stile, into a narrow salient between two cottages that gave out into a larger field.
Some of my picture postcards are on sale in Buxton. ’ Hawkin’s smile was dazzling this time. ‘I see,’ George said. wondering at a man who could think about the 24 quality of light when his stepdaughter was missing on a freezing December night. ’ ‘Mrs Hawkin, was Alison in the habit of visiting anyone when she went out with the dog? A neighbour? ’ Ruth shook her head. ‘No. She’d just go up through the fields to the coppice then back. In summer, she’d go further, up through the woodland to where the Scarlaston rises.