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Death in Dark Waters: A Yorkshire Mystery (Yorkshire Mystery (Hardback)) Hardcover – February 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Yorkshire Mystery (Hardback) (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312321554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312321550
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in Yorkshire, Hall's latest is part police procedural, part thriller, part commentary on problems in modern English culture. At the center of the story is policeman Michael Thackeray, whose personal life is in turmoil--he hasn't recovered from the tragic deaths of his wife and baby son, and he dulls his pain through a love affair with the bottle. Fortunately, this hasn't affected his job performance, at least so far. Thackeray's new love interest is reporter Laura Ackroyd, whose nose for news often brings her into conflict with both Michael and his bosses. When a teenager is injured in a hit-and-run accident after visiting a nightclub and apparently taking Ecstasy, both Thackeray and Ackroyd get involved in the investigation. They soon find a link between this incident and the death of another teenager on a local housing estate, and their subsequent investigation takes them deep into the dark side of the local drug trade. Well written, with a complex and entertaining plot, and plenty of suspense. Emily Melton
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'Hall's style is refreshingly clean and uncluttered, and her narrative achieves a powerful momentum as the layers of deception are stripped away. Her journalist protagonist is an intelligently realised character.' Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After a night spent in the Carib Club on Chapel Street in Bradford in Yorkshire County England, Jeremy Adams is hit by a car while dancing in the street. Tests show that he was high on the drug Ecstasy and his father a very wealthy and powerful business man wants the dealer behind bars and the club closed down. Detective Michael Thackeray is assigned the case but he thinks the angry father's influence power could be better spent in the housing development Wuthering Heights.
The Heights is a low income housing project that is crime ridden and drug infested. Thackeray's girlfriend Laura Ackroyd happens to agree with her lover's opinion and is trying to do an investigative piece but the tenants are too afraid of the drug dealers to talk. The council thinks the best way to take care of the problem is to tear down the Heights and build homes for a better clientele. When a recovering addict is murdered and someone is doing their best to get the Carib Club closed using any means possible, Laura and Thackeray find that their separate investigations have a common link.
Fans of this long running police procedural series will find that DEATH IN DARK WATERS has a much more gothic atmosphere and tone than any of Patricia Hall's other books. It is very fascinating watching the reporter and the police officer run separate investigations simultaneously while trying to work on their relationship. The high quality of writing and the excellent characterizations make this crime thriller a novel that must be read by anyone who likes an outstanding who-done-it.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill runyon on April 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a mystery, this book comes off as rather ordinary. A boy exiting the Carib club is run down by a taxi, and that initiates
an investigation into the local drug scene. The investigation
plays out against the context of a drab, failing high-rise housing project where the misery is compounded by both official
indifference and the influx of more and more illegal drugs.
The regular police forces are warned off by superiors who claim
the whole matter is being handled by their special drug squad; the reporter who is quite interested, partly because her grandmother is living in that area, is then forced into assignments of a quite mundane nature, and she too is told the
paper's regular crime reporter is handling it.
And then nothing much seems to be happening on either front, so
both the police officer and the reporter, who conveniently are
living together, begin pursuing their own leads.
Then part of the official disinterest in the area seems to be
part of an official plan to tear down the whole complex and replace it with private housing--virtually none of which will
be affordable to the people being displaced. And there is a lot
of money, both government and private, involved, and some questions then arise about that money's distribution. Some few
people seem to be ready to benefit more than their outward
contribution suggests. And both the reporter and the local cop
both know that where there is a lot of money involved, there is
a good chance of illegal activities.
The story isn't bad, but the author presents the dialogue in
heavily accented Yorkshire dialect, with local spellings, and
this will be difficult for most Americans to follow.
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By carolyn conrad on December 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
this is not a cozy English murder mystery. It is more true to life fraught with racial tension that is even more pertinent in 2014. not sure why the previous reviewer had so much difficulty with local dialect, the text is easy to read. I am gettng a bit tired of the Akroyd/Thatcher relationship. how long can you drag a bad relationship out? s**t or get off the pot already.
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More About the Author

Patricia Hall remembers telling stories to her little sisters when she was six years old, and by the time she was in her early teens she was sure that she was going to be a writer one day. She gained a a degree in English before becoming a journalist and working for The Guardian and the BBC in London, amongst others.
On 1991 her first crime novel, The Poison Pool, was published in London and New York and this was followed by a book a year. Most feature her feisty heroine, reporter Laura Ackroyd and her on-off lover DCI Michael Thackeray. They are set in the decaying industrial towns of West Yorkshire and the nearby countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. In 2011 she launched a new series with Dead Beat, casting a sceptical eye on "Swinging London" in the 1960s. The sequel, Death Trap, will be published in 2012.
Patricia is married and now lives in Oxford. She has two grown up sons and a grand-daughter.
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