Summary

A young boy's body is washed from the river and forensic examination reveals he has been murdered. The accidental discovery that a convicted paedophile lives in the nearby village leads to police interest in his activities, and when five decaying bodies are found in his garden, he is arrested. Helena Flemming is called in as his solicitor, but busy on another case, she asks John Eisenmenger to travel to the crime scene. And there he discovers the abuse is far more grotesque than previously thought - beneath its idyllic surface, there is a far darker side to the village.
©2007 Keith McCarthy (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"British pathologist with a rattling good whodunit." ( Bookseller)
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5 out of 5 stars
By V. S. on 10-04-08

Great Story!

This is a great story, really well read, and kept me completely hooked until the end. The subject was gritty and pulled few punches. If you like books in this genre - then you will love this. Will watch out for more from this author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 20-07-14

Splendid listen

Another great forensic pathology based tale from Keith McCarthy with the always perfect support of Sean Barrett. This is a really good series - a cut above your average crime novel.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Forbes on 07-12-08

Intelligent book well read

I enjoyed this book immensely, I approached the genera with some trepidation as murder mysteries; are not my first choice, however when I saw that Sean Barrett was the narrator I thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed. Barrett's representations of the characters dialects were, as usual perfect and the pace, pitch and tone of his narration was exquisite.
McCarthy dealt with this disturbing plot with sensitivity and developed the various characters through clever and intelligent dialogue. Many times I caught myself laughing aloud at the extremely humorous way McCarthy used his literary skills to sketch the characters foibles and shortcomings.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an intelligent book well read.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Calliope on 15-12-13

took a while to get into it, but worthwhile

This is my first Keith McCarthy novel; it had a slow start, but I grew to like the characterizations and the pacing, and it was certainly worth sticking with it. One of the main characters is a pathologist, so there are some gory descriptions - but they are just brief descriptions of the work, not indulgent glorification of gore or violence, and I didn't mind them at all. One of the things that stood out for me as a first-time McCarthy reader was the layers of his characters and his inclusion some things (like office politics) that other writers might leave out as peripheral to the plot.

As for the plot, this book is essentially a "murder in a small English village" standard, but done with modern tools and motivations, in not characterizations: There's the dotty grey-haired widow who likes to gossip, the rich farm-owner and his showy wife who have staff to run their farm, the struggling farmer and his hard-working wife with marital problems, the bartender who seems to have more income than a simple bartender should, and the mysterious stranger who rents a local cottage trying to hide from his past.......all together in a quaint village where 6 bodies have been discovered within a week.

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