The Dead of Jericho: 1800 Headwords

The Dead of Jericho: 1800 Headwords

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Chief Inspector Morse is drinking a pint of beer. He is thinking about an attractive woman who lives not far away. The woman he is thinking of is hanging, dead, from the ceiling of her kitchen. On the floor lies a chair, almost two metres away from the woman's feet. Chief Inspector Morse finishes his pint, and orders another. Perhaps he will visit Anne, after all. But he is in no particular hurry. Meanwhile, Anne is still hanging in her kitchen, waiting for the police to come and cut her down. She is in no hurry, more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 10mm | 143g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194230619
  • 9780194230612

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Laconic, lonely Inspector Morse of Oxford (Service of All the Dead) meets attractive widow/teacher Anne Scott at a party and starts harboring romantic ideas. . . only to learn a few months later that she's hung herself. Or did she? Morse has his suspicions - of Anne's slimy married lover, of two teenage students whom Anne may have led on sexually, of a creepy local handyman/blackmailer. Unfortunately, the chief suspect - that married man, a publisher - has an airtight alibi (he was giving a lecture attended by Morse himself at a crucial time). And Morse's investigation eventually leads to a confirmation of the suicide verdict: Anne seems to have had a solid motive - a Ross Macdonald-ish situation paralleling that of Jocasta in Oedipus Rex. Plausible? Not very. But finally there's yet another twist, this one a la Christie and even more strained - in which that alibi is shown to have been elaborately fabricated. Once again, then, Dexter winds up with a puzzle-plot that is too cleverly complicated for its own good. Yet, also once again, his stylish, dark-toned storytelling remains enough reason for Anglophile mystery-fans to want to keep following the existentially acerbic Inspector Morse. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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