A Bleeding of Innocents

A Bleeding of Innocents

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The police force of Castlemere loses one of its own to a hit-and-run. Then a young nurse is brutally murdered in her car with her husband as the only witness. Is there a shotgun killer walking the streets, or is her distraught husband guilty of more than he'll admit?show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0749001461
  • 9780749001469

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A first appearance for Castlemere police sergeant Cal Donovan, who's convinced (1) that the hit-and-run that killed his partner was masterminded by underworld biggie Jack Carney, and (2) that there's a link between the murder of nurse Kerry Page and Carney. The dead woman's husband, a pilot, recently ferried the crook and his muscleman Terry to the track, and just may have heard something he shouldn't have - and gotten his wife killed to buy his silence. Inspector Liz Graham, new to Castlemere and now Donovan's superior, is not convinced, however, that there's a connection. Then a surgeon who used to work with Kerry is also murdered, and the anaesthetist, Dr. Saunclers, the third member of the operating-room team, seems to be next in line. Still hassling Carney, Donovan is given the once-over by his goons, then reprimanded sharply by Liz, who's drawing closer to tying in the medical murders with a ghastly hospital mishap and coverup. Taut and suspenseful, but a cut below the author's best work (The Going Down of the Sun, 1989). The Donovan-Graham duo behave predictably (railing against machismo on her part, and against Brits and career lowlifes on his), but need more individuality and spark to find a loyal readership. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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