Gone to Ground

Gone to Ground

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When police detective Will Grayson and his partner, Helen Walker, investigate the violent death of Stephen Bryan, a gay academic, their first thoughts are of an ill-judged sexual encounter or a fatal lovers' quarrel. But they soon shift focus to the book Bryan was writing about the life and mysterious death of fifties film star Stella Leonard. While Bryan's sister puts herself in danger by conducting her own investigation, Grayson and Walker peel away the secrets of a family blighted by a lust for wealth and power and by its perverted sexuality. On the heels of his critically acclaimed Frank Elder series, John Harvey delivers a page-turner both subtle and devastating.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156033372
  • 9780156033374

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When police detective Will Grayson and his partner, Helen Walker, investigate the violent death of Stephen Bryan, a gay academic, their first thoughts are of an ill-judged sexual encounter or a fatal lovers' quarrel: The man's face was like a glove that had been pulled inside out. But after they notice Bryan's computer is missing, their focus soon widens. Could the attack be connected to the book Bryan was writing about the life and mysterious death of fifties film star Stella Leonard?Convinced that Bryan had discovered a shocking truth about Leonard's rich and influential family, his sister Lesley throws herself into her own amateur investigation. But as Grayson and Walker delve into the past and the circumstances of Bryan's death, they find a vortex of lust, power, and wealth in which nothing is straightforward--and no one is safe.On the heels of his acclaimed Frank Elder series, John Harvey delivers a page-turner both subtle and devastating.
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"Typical Harvey: thoughtful, well written, full of believable characters and satisfying twists."--"The Times "(London) When police detective Will Grayson and his partner, Helen Walker, investigate the violent death of Stephen Bryan, a gay academic, their first thoughts are of an ill-judged sexual encounter or a fatal lovers' quarrel. But they soon shift focus to the book Bryan was writing about the life and mysterious death of fifties film star Stella Leonard. While Bryan's sister puts herself in danger by conducting her own investigation, Grayson and Walker peel away the secrets of a family blighted by a lust for wealth and power and by its perverted sexuality.On the heels of his critically acclaimed Frank Elder series, John Harvey delivers a page-turner both subtle and devastating. "[A] dandy stand-alone mystery, filled with engaging characters and an intriguing, well-constructed plot."--"The Kansas City Star" """Harvey keeps the devastating secret at the center of the tale well hidden until the end. Highly recommended for British mystery lovers."--"Rocky Mountain News "(Denver) JOHN HARVEY is the author of the Charlie Resnick novels and the Frank Elder series, and a recipient of the Silver Dagger Award, the Barry Award, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement, among other honors. He lives in London.
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"John Harvey is one of my favourite authors. Whenever he has a new book out it goes straight to the top of my reading list."
-Author Peter Robinson "From the Hardcover edition."
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364 ratings
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5 14% (50)
4 33% (119)
3 43% (158)
2 9% (32)
1 1% (5)
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