An Empty Death
Summer, 1944 After almost five years of conflict, London's exhausted inhabitants, pounded by the menace of Hitler's V1 bombs, are living in a world of dereliction. War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case. Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Someone who has discarded their own identity and can move and kill freely. Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, is working at the local Rest Centre, although her spirit of make-do is wearing thin. When a bombed-out woman appears at the centre, declaring that the man claiming to be her husband is an imposter, Jenny thinks that it must be due to shock. The reality, however, is much stranger and far more dangerous...Ultimately, for Stratton and Jenny perhaps there is only one thing they can trust: their fear. And for one of them, that fear may prove all too real. An Empty Death is a compelling exploration of identity, memory and trust and is perfect for fans of Foyle's War.
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
- 23 Jul 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
'Wilson made her name as a writer of brilliant psychological thirllers. In this enjoyable series, she combines that skill with an eye for fascinating period detail.' MORNING STAR 'Blitz-scarred London is not just fearful of bombs but laso a serial killer. ****' THE MIRROR 'Wilson is very good indeed at reating a precise historical context ... she achieves it in the subtlest and most effective of ways, building up layers of unobtrusive detail that gradually become utterly convincing.' SPECTATOR 'Wilson's series of detective novels set around the time of the Second World War has become one of the genre's great pleasures ... An Empty Death gathers the force of tragedy as it exposes the extent to which the experiences of the war drove Londoners of all social backgrounds to the edge of madness.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Intense and tragic, its a fine crime novel with plenty of unexpected twists.' -- Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES
About Laura Wilson
Laura Wilson's acclaimed and award-winning crime novels have won her many fans. She lives in Islington, London.