The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6

The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6

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By (author) Susan Hill

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 33mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099499347
  • ISBN 13: 9780099499343
  • Sales rank: 73,313

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Heavy rain falls on Lafferton, flooding the cathedral town and causing a landslip out on the moors. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed. It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago. But a cold case isn't a priority for a police force already struggling with staff shortages and cuts: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for funding to prevent the closure of the local hospice that offers respite to so many of her patients.

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Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards, and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is the author of fifty six books. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a major feature film. Her crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV. Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. Susan Hill was appointed a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours.

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"Hugely enjoyable... This is a satisfying crime story and a fearless examination of controversial issues surrounding terminal illness" Daily Mail "The Betrayal of Trust isn't only a page-turner - though it certainly fulfils that expectation - it's also a thought-provoking novel about those who suffer and those who care for them" -- Laura Wilson Guardian "Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler" -- Henry Sutton Daily Mirror "Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence" -- Hannah McGill Scotland on Sunday "Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable" -- Leslie Geddes-Brown Country Life

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Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable

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'The Betrayal of Trust isn't only a page-turner - though it certainly fulfils that expectation - it's also a thought-provoking novel about those who suffer and those who care for them' Laura Wilson, Guardian 'Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler' Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror Heavy rain falls on Lafferton, flooding the cathedral town and causing a landslip out on the moors. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed. It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago, waiting for a bus. But a cold case isn't a priority for a police force already struggling with staff shortages and cuts: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for funding to prevent the closure of the local hospice that offers respite to so many of her patients. 'Hugely enjoyable... This is a satisfying crime story and a fearless examination of controversial issues surrounding terminal illness' Daily Mail 'Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable' Country Life