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A notice announcing that Harry Devlin died suddenly on Midsummer's Eve arrives at the office of his law firm one June day. His partner Jim Crusoe treats the message as a joke, but Harry isn't so sure-especially as Midsummer's Eve is less than a week away. From that moment on, his world starts to fall apart. Who is his unknown enemy? Meanwhile, young women are being murdered in Harry's home city of Liverpool. When a friend who has asked to meet him becomes the latest victim, Harry is dragged into the investigation and becomes a suspect. "Edwards...plots densely but lucidly and includes a surprisingly logical killer.... -Kirkus Reviews Martin Edwards has published 12 novels: eight featuring Harry Devlin and three Lake District Mysteries. He has twice been short-listed for a CWA Dagger. www.martinedwardsbooks.com
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At the start of the impressive eighth entry in Edwards?'s Harry Devlin series (/All the Lonely People/, etc.), the Liverpool attorney receives a fake newspaper notice announcing his death on Midsummer?'s Eve. Subsequent threatening messages lead him to take the less-than-a-week deadline seriously. Given Devlin?'s penchant for sticking his nose where it doesn t belong, many people bear him murderous grudges. Devlin focuses on two suspects Tom Gunter, a violent thug and a former client, and Aled Borth, a loner angered that the lawyer?'s best efforts didn t result in a charge of murder being brought against the nursing home where Borth?'s mother died. The addition of a serial killer who severs his victim?'s tongues might have proven too much for the plot to bear in a lesser writer?'s hands, but Edwards skillfully weaves the strands together. While some readers will guess the truth before Devlin does, all will enjoy this twisty whodunit. -- Publishers Weekly (12/24/2007)About the Author:
Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose most recent novel, set in 1930, is Gallows Court. His seventh and most recent Lake District Mystery is The Dungeon House. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston's prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008), The Serpent Pool, and The Hanging Wood.
Martin is a well-known crime fiction critic, and series consultant to the British Library's Crime Classics. His ground-breaking study of the genre between the wars, The Golden Age of Murder, was warmly reviewed around the world, and won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. His The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books has been nominated for five awards.
A well-known commentator on crime fiction, he has edited 37 anthologies and published diverse non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill. An expert on crime fiction history, he is archivist of both the Crime Writers' Association and the Detection Club. He was elected eighth President of the Detection Club in 2015, is current Chair of the CWA, and posts regularly to his blog, 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'
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