Crime Remembered

Crime Remembered

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745194710
  • 9780745194714

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As usual, veteran Ashford (A Question of Principle, etc.) offers something other than a conventional whodunit here: part murder-mystery, part psychological study (a decent man's long-festering, guilty secret), part police-portrait - adding up to a lean mixture that's intriguing and absorbing most of the way through, if finally a bit flat. Who strangled John Hards - 60-ish, shabby homosexual - and tossed his body out a window in an unsuccessful suicide-simulation? The only clues: a surprising stash of bank-notes in Harris' safe; and cryptic notations that lead to Edward Tourkville, an aristocratic gentleman-farmer. Is there a connection between the two men? Tourkville at first denies any - but Detective-Constable Pete Noyes learns that they both served aboard a WW II ship that sank: Tourkville (then a cadet-officer) and Harris (a galley-worker) were among the only four survivors, enduring a 34-day lifeboat ordeal. Soon there's mounting evidence that Tourkville - an apparent blackmail victim - is the killer. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, Tourkville guiltily recalls the nightmare-at-sea - which included a paranoid captain and starvation horrors. But Noyes, increasingly sympathetic to Tourkville's classy, worried wife, eventually takes the investigation in another direction entirely - despite his own proletarian bias against blue-blooded Tourkville. Too predictable in its ultimate revelations, perhaps, but crisp and engaging psychological-suspense nonetheless - shrewdly counterpointing Noyes' rocky marriage with the Tourkvilles' sturdy-yet-threatened 40-year relationship. (Kirkus Reviews)
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