By Val McDermid
On a freezing day in December 1963, Alison Carter vanishes from her rural village, an insular group that distrusts the surface international. 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 interior urban, and an end result that reverberates during the years.
Decades later Bennett eventually tells his tale to journalist Catherine Heathcote, yet simply whilst the booklet is poised for e-book, he unaccountably attempts to tug the plug. He has new info that he refuses to expose, new details which threatens the very foundations of his life. Catherine is pressured to reinvestigate the earlier, 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 fact 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 understand.
A position of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times booklet Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.
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Prince‘11 need some clothes and shoes belonging to the lass,’ he told Sergeant Lucas. ‘The more she’s worn them, the better. ’ ‘I’ll have a word with Mrs Hawkin,’ George interjected before Lucas could assign anyone to the task. It wasn’t that he thought a uniformed officer would be deficient in tact; he simply wanted another chance to observe Alison Carter’s mother and her husband. He walked into the warm fug of the kitchen, where Hawkin was still sitting at the table, still smoking. Now he had a cup of tea in front of him, as did the WPC who sat at the other end of the table.
Alison Carter’s gone missing,’ he added, spitefully closing the living room door behind him and hurrying down the hall before she could react. And react she would, he knew only too well. A missing child in Scardale was far too close to home for Longnor not to feel a chill wind on its neck. George Bennett followed Sergeant Lucas out to the yard where the cars were parked. He’d have far preferred to travel in his own car, a stylish black Ford Corsair as new as his promotion, but protocol demanded he climb into the passenger seat of the liveried Rover and let Lucas drive.
Straight brows over dark-brown eyes were like an heraldic device; a slender nose seemed to point to a mouth shaped so that it appeared always to be on the point of a smile. AH of this George itemized and filed away in his memory. Bob Lucas was still speaking. ’ He paused expectantly. Hawkin spoke for the first time, his voice unmistakably alien to the Derbyshire Peaks. ‘Of course, of course. Come inside, officers. ’ He dropped his hand to the small of Ruth’s back and steered her back into the house.