The Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho

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  • Paperback | 111 pages
  • 119.38 x 180.34 x 33.02mm | 45.36g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194216586
  • 9780194216586

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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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