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Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Mystery Paperback – March 25, 2014

Book 2 of 4 in the Freida Klein Series

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*Starred Review* London police seem to have an open-and-shut case when the body of a naked man, who was apparently tortured and murdered, is found in the home of a mentally ill woman. But DCI Malcolm Karlsson isn’t so sure, so he again turns to psychotherapist Frieda Klein to serve as a consultant. When the victim is identified as an extraordinarily empathetic con man who had assumed a false identity, multiple suspects emerge. As Klein brings her expertise to bear on the murder, she’s getting bad press for her previous work with police involving an identical-twin serial killer (see Blue Monday, 2012), a matter that still literally haunts her. At the same time, both Karlsson and Klein are dealing with difficult personal matters, and a cutback in police funding looms. The husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French skillfully melds police procedural and psychological suspense, and the Frieda Klein series provides the opportunity for greater concentration on character development, particularly with a protagonist whose profession is probing the human psyche. Psychological suspense at its best, with full-bodied characters and a closing cliffhanger, will leave fans waiting to see what Wednesday will bring. --Michele Leber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for TUESDAY'S GONE:

"A fiercely intelligent, multilayered thriller."

"Seamlessly mixes a foreboding tone and deliberate pacing with deft plot twists that should leave readers pleasantly chilled to the bone."
Publishers Weekly

"Starts as a grim psychological thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane’s darker novels and turns into a fascinating puzzle in which character analysis holds sway. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense who enjoy a complex protagonist."
Library Journal (starred review)

"The plotting is fast-paced with surprises galore, and characters literally come to life on the pages. . . . When readers are through, they will find themselves waiting impatiently for Wednesday to arrive!"
Suspense Magazine

"If you are looking for wickedly inventive crime fiction, you need look no further than the writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French . . . Unless you are into tension, paranoia and burning the midnight oil to finish a book, don’t embark on reading Tuesday’s Gone after suppertime!"

"Tuesday’s Gone is one of those great, great books in the mystery genre wherein the more you know, the less you know—peel back one stratum and you cannot shovel fast enough to get into the next, which reveals anything but what you expected. French takes the novel on a number of unexpected twists and turns, not the least of which relates back to BLUE MONDAY, which, as it turns out, didn’t quite end on its last page."

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Product Details

  • Series: Frieda Klein Mystery
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014312496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143124962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great lead character with satisfyingly complex plot.
David J. Kreischer
Therefore in order to get maximum enjoyment from this book, I would recommmend that Blue Monday is read first.
I really like Frieda & company, very good plot with a nice twist in the end.
Nils Aage Sommer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tuesday's Gone picks up around a year after the events of Blue Monday, which introduced psychiatrist Dr Frieda Klein who reluctantly became involved in a police investigation involving one of her clients and an abducted boy. In the midst of a cold London winter, DCI Karlsson asks Frieda to speak with a disturbed woman found caring for a naked, rotting corpse in her flat, unable to provide a coherent statement. Deciphering Michelle Doyce's rambling leads Freida and Karlsson's team to identify the victim as Robert Poole, but further investigation reveals the man was a scheming conman using a stolen identity. Under pressure due to looming budget cuts, the police are ordered to charge the mentally ill woman with murder and close the case but Frieda believes Michelle innocent and continues to pull at the exposed threads of the investigation.

Nothing is simple in this case, as the investigation into 'Bob Poole' reveals a lonely elderly lady swindled of over a hundred thousand dollars, a young wife and mother who succumbed to his charms and a vulnerable neighbour who misses the kind man who visited her regularly. Karlsson is under pressure to ignore Frieda's suspicions but trusts her instincts that there is something more sinister happening.
As well as the storyline involving the murdered confidence man, somewhere a young woman waits for the return of her lover, Karlsson is frustrated by custody issues and Josef has returned from Kiev, a broken man.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this second book in Nicci French's Frieda Klein series. Although not essential, it will help if you have read Blue Monday first (even though it's not quite as good) because there are personal and plot issues which carry on from there.

The plot of Tuesday's Dead is well summarized elsewhere on this page and again involves psychotherapist Frieda Klein reluctantly assisting with a police investigation. The book hits its stride straight away and I was very quickly drawn in and thoroughly gripped for most of the time. Frieda's character develops well and more naturally this time without all the slightly laboured scene-setting of the previous book. Tension builds nicely and the plot is well developed with a couple of genuinely clever twists and Nicci French's characteristic excellent writing and sense of pace.

Once the main mystery is solved there is a frankly rather silly coda of about 50 pages whose purpose seems to be to provide the apparently mandatory Investigator In Peril Climax and to further the through-plot which looks as though it may run for the whole series. I didn't think it added much and I would have preferred the book without it, but it didn't ruin the book either and this remains a very well written, involving thriller which I recommend warmly.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been a long-time fan of the Nicci French collective, but I must confess that last year's U.S. premiere of BLUE MONDAY, the inaugural volume in the Frieda Klein series, took my appreciation to an entirely new level. French, the collaborative moniker of husband and wife writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, excelled in their stand-alone work. But the quirky, reclusive Klein, who is difficult to know though easy to appreciate, brings a welcome off-kilter viewpoint to her off-the-books investigations, one that is not always appreciated by the powers-that-be in her home base of London. TUESDAY'S GONE, the sophomore effort in the series, takes place about a year after BLUE MONDAY, and finds Klein somewhat pensive, continuing her practice as a clinical psychologist without any involvement in police matters. Until now, that is.

TUESDAY'S GONE opens with a chapter that you will not soon forget, no matter how jaded you are. I won't give it all away, other than to say that a London social worker doing some home health visits makes an extremely grisly and bizarre discovery at the flat of Michelle Doyce. Doyce introduces the worker to a rapidly decomposing body and then proceeds to serve afternoon tea to the corpse. London Detective Chief Inspector Mal Karlsson is in charge of the investigation, which is brick wall material, given that the corpse is not only unidentified, but also unidentifiable. He brings in Frieda Klein to try to make some sense of Doyce's muttered and generally incomprehensible rambling, but even Klein is unable to cobble together anything resembling a clue from her.

At least, that is true at first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Media woman on May 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled across this in an airport bookstore in Frankfurt Germany. What a find. I will go back and read the first one in the series (and possible the author's -- or really, authors' -- other books, too). But, tightly written, great characters and setting. A pleasure to read --
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