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Dead People: A Mystery (Glyn Capaldi Series) Hardcover – April 15, 2014

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Police officer Glyn Capaldi returns in this impressive follow-up to Good People (2013). Dispatched to rural Wales after an embarrassing scandal in Cardiff, Capaldi isn’t expected to do more than investigate reports of missing sheep. But when a body (well, most of a body) is unearthed during the excavation for an unpopular wind-farm project, Capaldi finds himself involved in another high-profile case. The next body belongs to a local girl thought to have run off to the big city. When a reclusive local commits suicide, the higher-ups are happy to pin the murders on him. Capaldi doesn’t trust such a neat and tidy resolution. Back at the bottom of the career ladder, Capaldi has nothing to lose by keeping the investigation going on his own. Except, of course, alienating the officers he’ll need to rely on when the real killer comes after him. Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast. --Karen Keefe


“Hutton's absorbing second mystery featuring Det. Sgt. Glyn Capaldi (after 2013's Good People) finds the disgraced detective stationed so deep in the wilds of Wales that he's literally investigating crimes against sheep…Hutton is definitely a writer to watch” ―Publishers Weekly

“Witty and wicked, Dead People follows Hutton's debut, Good People and sets the stage for a third entry. A fresh voice in crime fiction, Hutton invests this gripping novel with an intricate plot, intriguing characters, an insular community and inspired prose--and it's a winner in every way.” ―Richmond Time-Dispatch

“Fans of gritty British crime fiction will welcome Hutton's twisty first novel, set in Wales.” ―Publishers Weekly on Good People

“Everyone who thinks Ian Rankin doesn't write fast enough should give newcomer Hutton a try. The plot twists are cunning, and Glyn Capaldi is the most appealing antihero this side of John Rebus.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Good People

“Shortlisted for the 2012 Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for best first novel, this is a stunningly dark debut. The first person narrative keeps it personal, making the detective's vulnerabilities that much more intense.” ―Library Journal on Good People

“Smart, fast-moving, and hard-hitting, this is a crime thriller with a witty edge to it.” ―The Northern Echo on Good People

“A kick in the pants to the traditional maverick cop novel by a master of English prose. Good People breaks a stereotype in this pacey debut.” ―The judges of the 2012 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger on Good People

“Hutton's striking debut gives us a convincing version of the detective as outsider, and a cunning mystery that lasts through to the final pages.” ―Morning Star (UK) on Good People


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Product Details

  • Series: Glyn Capaldi Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250019639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I reviewed the first book in this series in January of this year and only gave it two stars. I said that, while I liked DS Capaldi and felt that the book was well written, I would not be reading this author again because the subject matter was so disturbing. Well, I surprised myself and bought this second one after all. From time to time, I found myself thinking about Capaldi and what a good writer Hutton is, even though I strongly disagreed with some of the choices he made. So, I decided to give this one a chance -- and am I ever glad I did! I absolutely loved it.

Interestingly, although I liked Capaldi in Good People, I absolutely adored him here. He's a magnificent character: funny, flawed, and fully developed. Like I said, I adored him. He was a genuine pleasure to hang out with.

Others have discussed the plot, so I won't go into it, but I certainly was engaged. I raced through because I needed to know what was next, and I don't do that very often. And the atmosphere and setting were terrific. I felt like I was there.

I do. however, want to very respectfully disagree with a point another reviewer made -- that the story is gruesome, gory, and gloomy. I have a very low threshold for stuff like that, and I didn't see Dead People that way at all. Yes, there were a number of bodies, that's a fact, but I felt they were handled in almost a clinical way, as would be appropriate to a police procedural. I found myself focusing on the mystery and the character relationships, rather than anything really disturbing, For me, that's a definite plus.

Actually, all in all, I found Dead People to be very life-affirming, even up-beat, and I think it's all because of Capaldi. Or should I say Hutton...

Fantastic book, can't wait for the next one. Thanks, Mr. Hutton, for a great read.
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Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi remains in exile in the Mid Wales village of Dinas. At the construction site for a wind farm, he discovers a gruesome burial site consisting of corpses that have undergone identity erasure. Their heads and hands are missing. All except the most recent one have been skeletonized. Thanks to DNA testing, one of them is identified as the missing Evie Salmon, a rebellious, young woman. While investigating the wind farm's assortment of bizarre neighbors, Capaldi makes more gruesome discoveries. Soon, his career and life are jeopardized by a vengeful serial killer who is extremely strong and clever.

Ewart Hutton performed the impossible. He wrote a sequel that outshone his superb debut, "Good People" (Good People: A Mystery). His latest thriller, "Dead People," is more gruesome, more intriguing, and more atmospheric. In "Good People," the reader is introduced to the tiny, backwards village of Dinas, located in what DS Glyn Capaldi refers to as "Pig Wales." Good people is a misnomer. There are very few good people living in Dinas; they're mostly bad. However, DS Capaldi does find quite a few dead people buried in a soft patch of earth at a wind farm. As in his previous novel, he begins interviewing a lot of bad people who live in close proximity of the heinous crime scene. There is an archaeological dig site, a horse farm, an art gallery, and a camp for wayward city youth.

Hutton describes the crime scenes in gruesome, gory detail that may nauseate some readers while fascinating others, like myself. Fans of television's "CSI" will be elated. The body count is high enough to satisfy a slasher fan like myself.
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Hutton's first novel, Good People, shot onto the shortlist for the Crime Writers' Association's "New Blood" Dagger Award, and usually a second book can't live up to such a starry debut. BUT NOT THIS TIME, FOLKS. If you want a mystery with real-life complicated characters and a down-at-the-heels hero who thinks he's in love, you'll adore this one. Dead People brings back maverick Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, who was sent to a little town in rural Wales to punish him and get him out of the way of his ambitious bosses, and yet he still manages to bring chaos and questions to their tidy solution as to who killed young Evie and why the bones are piling up in Capaldi's backyard.
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Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi has been exiled to rural Wales, where his top case seems to be finding a man who is castrating sheep. While brooding on his banishment, he is surprised when a body is found buried in the hillside near a newly constructed wind farm. In short order, two more bodies are found in the same hill and all are missing their heads and hands, making identification impossible. Unhappily for Capaldi, a former colleague who is now the “boss” arrives to take control (and credit) when yet another body is found nearby, this time a younger and more recently interred body.

As clues are gathered, all signs suggest a local eccentric, and Capaldi’s nemesis moves the investigation to another city where connections seem to lead. Capaldi is left in charge of clearing up some local questions, which suits him just fine since he believes the distant trail is one set to derail the police while the real story is local. Much happens as he makes inquires; a female archaeologist has Glyn in a romantic tizzy and two married couples running an upscale antiques barn throw a number of wrenches into the works.

Glyn Capaldi is an interestingly developed character, strong enough to make choices that anger his bosses while at the same time evidencing a lack of confidence with women. As he deals with his past disgrace and his new subordinate role to a power hungry previous colleague, he has both internal and external struggles about how to portray his situation. Hutton does a terrific job of letting the reader meet Capaldi with all his flaws and inconsistencies intact. Capaldi is not the only fully realized character; even the relatively minor characters are nuanced.

And while I’ve never been to Wales, I felt as though I had been after reading this book.
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