Hurrying out of St Monkey's Church on that last Amen of Haydn's "Creation", Joe Sixsmith stumbles across a boy's corpse in a cardboard box and into more trouble than he's ever known. Soon his casebook is more crowded than the Gilt on Karaoke Nite.
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Hurrying out of St Monkey’s church on the last Amen of the 'Creation', Joe Sixsmith stumbles across a boy’s corpse in a cardboard box and into more trouble than he’s ever known. Soon his casebook is full to bursting: retired colonial Mrs C. demands to know how the boy got there; Gallie, the Mutant from Outer Space, urges him to find the stranger nosing into her granddad’s past; while Butcher, that briefest of briefs, is hellbent on digging the dirt on a deputy head’s out-of-school activities.
Ever valiant for truth, Joe threads his mild-mannered way through the mean streets of Luton, fighting off angry cops, demented druggies and the matchmaking machinations of his Auntie Mirabelle. But the truth he discovers does not set him free, for there’s little joy in confirming that today’s kids grow up so much faster than he did, and even the luckiest of them find out all too soon that they have been born guilty.
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Book Description Harpercollins, London, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of the second novel in the Joe Sixsmith series. In fine / fine unread condition. Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 13656