In the past: a man crawls desperately through a claustrophobic escape tunnel beneath a POW camp in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Above, a shadow passes across the moon, while ahead only death awaits him. In the present: Philip Dryden is reporting on an archaeological dig at the old POW camp when a body is uncovered. But there is something odd: the man appears to have been shot in the head, and the position indicates that he was trying to get into the camp, not escape it. It's a puzzle which excites Dryden far more than the archaeologists or the police. That is, until a second, more recent, body is discovered ...
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Jim Kelly is a journalist. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gillies and their young daughter. The Moon Tunnel is his third novel, following The Water Clock, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award 2002, and The Fire Baby, chosen by Booklist magazine as one of the top ten crime novels of 2003. In 2006 Jim Kelly was awarded the Dagger in the Library by the Crime Writers' Association for a body of work 'giving greatest enjoyment to crime fiction readers'. His new hardback, The Coldest Blood, is now available from Michael Joseph.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Kelly's hero, journalist Philip Dryden, is so beautifully drawn, so credibly complex, that he makes most other contemporary mystery heroes and heroines look like fumblings on an Etch-A-Sketch. Five years before this series opens (this is the third installment), Dryden was a rising Fleet Street star married to a successful actress. A car crash plunged his wife into and out of a coma in what is termed locked-in syndrome. Dryden moved to the Black Fens of England, to be near his wife's perpetual-care residence, and now works for the Crow, a paper with a tiny circulation. Dryden's restlessness, isolation, and professional pride drive him to seek out stories and pursue them long past police interest. Here, he checks in at an archaeological dig. As the buildings from an old POW camp for Italian soldiers captured during World War II are cleared, some Anglo-Saxon treasures are unearthed. And a skeleton is found in the tunnel, a bullet hole in the forehead. The man is identified as an Italian POW. Why was he was crawling into the tunnel rather than out? Dryden picks up the story where police interest drops off. What makes the Dryden novels especially intriguing is Kelly's take on his deeply depressed hero. Rather than portraying a man just going through the motions, Kelly shows Dryden to be much more human and noble: the scenes with his wife are both tragic and loving; his love for journalism is intact, even in reduced circumstances; he's searching but never self-pitying. Dryden is a man to watch. Connie Fletcher
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