Gay Longworth The Unquiet Dead

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The Unquiet Dead

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9780007139576: The Unquiet Dead

Jessie Driver returns in the second of this fresh, streetwise London-based series from `the new Mistress of Thrillers' Sunday Express The decaying Marshall Street Baths in the heart of Soho are a den for drug-users and the homeless - the perfect hang-out for a teenage runaway. But when DI Jessie Driver goes there in search of a missing girl, she finds something quite different: the mummified body of a man, buried in the rat-infested basement. Who was he? And how does this murder relate to the tragic drowning of a young boy years earlier? Jessie's investigation takes her on a journey through the past - the kidnapping of a little girl; the descent into madness of a bereaved father - but the dangers she'll face are very much in the present.

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Gay Longworth is a full-time writer.She lives in London with her husband, theatre producer Adam Spiegel, and their daughter. Her first Jessie Driver thriller, Dead Alone, is now available in paperback

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In British author Longworth's engrossing second police procedural (after 2002's Dead Alone), Det. Insp. Jessie Driver is still emotionally off-kilter after a reckless affair with a high-profile suspect. She gets off to a bad start with her new boss, Detective Chief Inspector Moore, who's also recovering from an infidelity, by putting one foot after another firmly in her mouth. Moore harshly disapproves of Driver's handling of a missing-persons report filed by a high-strung actress and reassigns the matter to a male colleague turned rival. When the trail leads to an abandoned public swimming pool in a decaying gym, Driver stumbles across a mummified corpse that may be connected with an old drowning case. The plot threads are nicely interwoven, and Longworth plausibly portrays the conflicts among the police. She does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing and skillfully hides clues in plain sight. The one false note is the romantic subplot involving rock star P.J. Dean, with whom Driver unwisely got involved in her last major investigation. Dean's lavish lifestyle and big ego seem a poor fit for Driver, who's more at home grappling with the mundane realities of the lives of those whose paths she crosses and whose passions and pain the author renders so well.
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