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Gone Tomorrow: A Bill Slider Mystery Hardcover – November 1, 2002

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When a body turns up in a gated Shepherd's Bush playground in the ninth compelling Bill Slider police procedural from Harrod-Eagles (Blood Sinister, etc.), DI Slider and his workaholic staff quickly realize that the victim was an unlikely candidate for murder. The baffling case of unlucky Lenny, a small-time dealer in stolen goods and drugs, blows open when, through a fortuitous but believable coincidence, Slider's sidekick and best friend, Det. Supt. Jim Atherton, discovers a connection between the victim and a mysterious crime syndicate. The meat of the story is how the methodical, intuitive Slider and his people identify the ringleader and unravel the mechanics of his organization, which ensures loyalty by viciously threatening its members. Woven into the story are Slider's personal problems-the tense relationship with his ex-wife, the imposition of his career on the limited time with his two children, the frustrating long-distance love-affair with Joanna, a violinist now playing with a Dutch orchestra-and those of commitment-shy Atherton. The author writes complex puzzles that are lightened with pungent wit, setting the scenes and bringing her characters to life with vivid descriptions (a twitchy, muscular man in a tight black shirt "looked like an unusually well-dressed sack of ferrets"). Although Slider and Atherton often overanalyze, their attention to detail pays off. This satisfying novel ends with surprising personal changes for both of them.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Detective Inspector Slider (Shallow Grave) investigates the murder of a fit, expensively dressed man whose body is left in a children's playground. He soon uncovers connections to drugs, scams, prostitution, and more. Another excellent procedural.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bill Slider Mysteries (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312300468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312300463
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In London, the Hammersmith Park attendant discovered the male adult corpse sitting on a children's swing. The police arrive on the scene led by Detective Inspector Bill Slider. The cops have little to go on, as the victim is unknown with apparently no identification on him. The discernible deathblow is a single stab wound to the heart. The killer searched the victim, but left behind a substantial amount of cash. Bill and his cohorts conclude a professional performed the hit.
With little to go on, Bill and his squad begin making inquiries in the Shepherd's Bush neighborhood. Though they make slow progress on solving the homicide, they inch closer to the truth. However, Bill realizes the clock is ticking even if additional murders had not occurred. If they do not attain a break through soon, Bill's superiors will remove him and his team from the case even though it is their turf and professional pride propels them to find the culprit.
The Bill Slider police procedurals are some of the best sub-genre novels of the past few years. The DI's latest case is exciting from the opening paradoxical imagery of a murder victim resting on an innocent children's swing until the final climax. Bill retains his wit though the investigation baffles him and his romance disconcerts him just as much. Fans of the series and any reader who enjoys a well written cleverly designed murder investigation will gain much delight with Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' GONE TOMORROW.
Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Payne on January 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A large part of the charm of this series is Bill's police team at Shephard's Bush many of whom have been with him from the very beginning. The Head has changed several times but this one despite his fractured sayings is a good egg who gives support when needed. Joanna is on the fringes (working in Amsterdam) but delivers a really good up ending for Bill ditto Atherton's own ending in this one (perhaps a bit to much coincidence here). The actual mystery is a mystery up till the very end dispite the increasing body count but the cast of miscreants are rich and vivid no matter how small a part they play. I want more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sires on January 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm generally a Bill Slider fan but the mystery in this book was rather weak. There was lots of clews but the conclusion pretty much had nothing to do with them. In fact if Slider and his crew had simply followed the most obvious path they would have got to the end much quicker. The eastern connection and the hints of exotic sexual practices and superior tailoring were nothing but distractions. Red herrings can add to the entertainment but this one had a whole shoal of them. Not to mention one death that was totally unexplained.

The original publication date was 2002 and the background does feel dated. For instance the Pub Closing Laws were changed in 2005 to allow all night drinking for those places applying for a license. I have no idea what the police now threaten publicans with when they want to lean on them.

As for Slider and Atherton's personal lives-- these were not I found particularly interesting. Joanna kept putting off having a conversation with Slider in a manner that suggested the author was trying to ratchet up the suspense. It fell a bit flat. I wished Atherton's Sue had bonked him on the head with the bottle of wine and bouquet.

There were several cameo portraits of characters from the London streets and pubs that were interesting. I particularly liked Atherton's tailor, "James Mason-- not the actor" who made a brief appearance with some useful information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on September 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We've had to wait close to four years for the latest (Brit) Detective Inspector Bill Slider since "Blood Sinister", so we were delighted to get hold of this hardback and catch up on Slider and love-interest and roommate Joanna; his sidekick Atherton (and his new love interest, Joanna's friend Sue); and the gang at Shepherd's Bush PD. The plot gets going in a hurry as a dead body is discovered in a park; and we're off and running despite a paucity of clues in this entertaining police procedural. It takes an awfully long time and another body or two to head the good guys to the right solution, so the reading gets a little logy at times. Meanwhile, we learn Joanna did take the orchestra job over on the continent, so her live-in relationship with Bill is pretty cold -- phone calls and an occasional visit or two per month is causing its own share of frustrations for our ever so gentle leading man.
Harrod-Eagles is a lovely writer who gets us inside the heads and hearts of our favorite characters. While they busily solve crimes, the leading characters become our friends and companions, and their relationships and affairs matter to us. Their skills at solving murders and other crimes are impressive, and generally the plots satisfy. This one is probably a tad weaker than some other entries in the series, but we do finally find out the status of Joanna and Bill, and Sue and Atherton. In all honesty, this novel will probably appeal to the author's faithful fan club; but read standalone without the previous eight as background, it would probably generate only lukewarm enthusiasm among the average reader. Hopefully now that some of the love-life stuff is resolved, maybe the zip will be back in the tenth entry to be released mid-year 2004. New readers might well just wait.
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