By Val McDermid
On a freezing day in December 1963, Alison Carter vanishes from her rural village, an insular neighborhood that distrusts the skin global. For the younger George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it's the starting of his so much tricky and harrowing case--a suspected homicide with out physique, an research with extra lifeless ends and closed faces than he'd have present in the anonymity of the interior urban, and an end result that reverberates in the course of the years.
Decades later Bennett ultimately tells his tale to journalist Catherine Heathcote, yet simply while the e-book is poised for ebook, he unaccountably attempts to tug the plug. He has new info that he refuses to disclose, new details which threatens the very foundations of his life. Catherine is compelled to reinvestigate the previous, with effects that flip the realm the wrong way up.
A Greek tragedy in glossy England, Val McDermid's A position of Execution is a taut mental mystery that explores, exposes, and explodes the border among fact and phantasm in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectation on its head and reminds us that what we all know is what we don't comprehend.
A position of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times e-book Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for top Novel.
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Mrs Hawkin, was Alison in the habit of visiting anyone when she went out with the dog? A neighbour? ’ Ruth shook her head. ‘No. She’d just go up through the fields to the coppice then back. In summer, she’d go further, up through the woodland to where the Scarlaston rises. There’s a fold in the hills, you can hardly see it till you’re on it, but you can cut through there, along the river bank, into Denderdale. ’ She sighed. ‘Besides, I’ve been right round the village. ’ Grundy asked. ’ It was a countryman’s question, George thought.
George drew his breath in sharply. If he’d been driving, unaware of the obstacle, he’d have crashed, for sure. As Grundy jumped out and trotted to open the gate, George noticed several paint scrapes in a variety of colours along the rock walls on either side of the road. ’ Lucas’s smile was grim. ‘They don’t have to. Beyond the gate, technically it’s a private road. It’s only in the last ten years that it’s been asphalted. ’ He eased the car forward, waiting on the far side of the gate for Grundy to close up and rejoin them.
He pulled on his tunic jacket, straightened his cap on his head and picked up his overcoat. He i3 stuck his head round the living room door, a conciliatory smile fastened nervously on his face. ‘I’ve to go to Scardale,’ he said. ‘Shh,’ his wife admonished him crossly. ’ ‘Alison Carter’s gone missing,’ he added, spitefully closing the living room door behind him and hurrying down the hall before she could react. And react she would, he knew only too well. A missing child in Scardale was far too close to home for Longnor not to feel a chill wind on its neck.
A Place of Execution. by Val McDermid