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The Discourtesy of Death
by William Brodrick


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An anonymous letter accuses a prominent academic, Peter Henderson, of a grotesque murder: the calculated killing of Jenny, his disabled partner, believed by everyone to have died peacefully two years ago.

Time has moved on. Grief and loss were tempered by a comforting thought: Jenny was spared a long and painful illness.  Read more...


 
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Overview

An anonymous letter accuses a prominent academic, Peter Henderson, of a grotesque murder: the calculated killing of Jenny, his disabled partner, believed by everyone to have died peacefully two years ago.

Time has moved on. Grief and loss were tempered by a comforting thought: Jenny was spared a long and painful illness. Knowing the truth behind the soothing lie, Father Anselm--former barrister, current clergyman--must move cautiously to expose the killer and the killing without harming young Timothy, Jenny and Peter's son. But Jenny's father is looking out for his grandson, and he is capable of anything if he thinks it's for the best. He has set out to execute Peter Henderson.

Death, dying, and killing have never been so complicated.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781468310610
  • ISBN-10: 1468310615
  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds

Series: Father Anselm Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Early in Brodrick’s mild fifth Father Anselm thriller (after 2012’s The Day of the Lie), the prior of Larkwood Priory near Sudbury, England, hands Anselm, who has made a reputation for himself as a detective, a typed anonymous letter, which obliquely accuses Peter Henderson of murdering his disabled wife, Jenny Henderson, two years earlier. The letter’s author may be Jenny’s father, former Army captain Michael Goodwin, who’s bent on taking revenge on his son-in-law, who’s about to be released from prison. Anselm uses his skills as a former barrister along with the assistance of Mitch Robson, a criminal he worked with in the past, to begin the search for justice, but what could have been an engaging investigation becomes mired in tangential essays regarding the morality of mercy killing and confusing threads that have little to do with the central plot. Anselm identifies the killer long after it becomes obvious to the reader. (Aug.)

 
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