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A Place of Execution

A Place of Execution

Written by Val McDermid

Narrated by Paddy Glynn


A Place of Execution

Written by Val McDermid

Narrated by Paddy Glynn

ratings:
4.5/5 (34 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543613278
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from her town, an insular community that distrusts the outside world. For the young George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the anonymity of the inner city, and an outcome which reverberates through the years.

Decades later he finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, Bennett unaccountably tries to pull the plug. He has new information which he refuses to divulge, new information that threatens the very foundations of his existence. Catherine is forced to re-investigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down.

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A PLACE OF EXECUTION is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543613278
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold more than sixteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010. Val writes full time and lives in Edinburgh and the East Neuk of Fife.



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  • (3/5)
    Well enough written and paced, with the awkward sentence or so, the entire story depends on the unlikely setup and is so full of detail that the characters, which seem to offer promise, really aren't given room to be more than ciphers with a stereotype as a label - upright police officer with supportive new wife, smarmy news reporter, old knowing village woman, nasty piece of work villain, self promoting police superior. The police sergeant Thomas almost comes through, but it's not enough.This meta mystery is so clever it cuts itself. Lest you not notice, Book II, Part II is located before Book II Part I and that placement is all that gives Book II Part I its tension. Also a reference is made to The Wicker Man to rub in the rubes using the police to their own ends aspect.
  • (4/5)
    Excellent murder mystery set in the English countryside with the village in question having a dark secret. Really well done.
  • (4/5)
    very riveting. there's always a sense that something is not as it seems but i never guessed what it was. the plot around the policeman is convincing and makes the book a bit more than just a whodunnit
  • (4/5)
    This is a great mystery. I thought I figured it out but there were still some details that I missed. McDermit is a great writer. You get engrossed in the books right away. I recommend this one very highly. Then you will be a fan like me.
  • (4/5)
    This one's languished on my to-read shelf for years, but I finally was in the mood for a crime novel. It's in two parts, with the conceit that an author is interviewing the main players involved in the investigation of a young girl from a tiny village in Derbyshire in the 1960's. First we get her book, and then it switches to the present day to cover her reaction to the detective's request that she suppress the book due to new information. I blazed through this in one day that I spent at home sick on the couch, it sucked me right in and I kept wanting to learn more. The middle drags a tiny bit as the trial is only sketchily covered, the detective is ordered not to attend. It's well written and didn't give too much away too soon. There were a couple of revelations that made me gasp out loud, and the interplay of suspicions and certainty and provable facts were fascinating. The central crime is disturbing as it involves the abuse of a 13 year old girl, so I doubt that I'll re-read it, but I'm tempted to at least re-skim it to see if knowing the end puts a new light on any of the early chapters.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book, told in two sections, years apart. I was gobsmacked by the ending. Don't read any other reviews, I read a few that...just
    don't! If you love true crime you'll love this book, it ties into the Moors Murders, and if you love suspense and mystery you'll love this book.