A Far and Deadly Cry Paperback – August 1, 1995
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- Publisher : Crimeline; 1St Edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553568590
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553568592
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.81 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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Time has passed since the tragic event and Gale is moving up with her life. She is still living in the same village working as a writer and taking care of her daughter, Katie Pru. Her peaceful life will be shattered when Katie Pru's baby sitter is found murdered in a village road.
Chief Inspector Daniel Halford and Detective Sergeant Maura Ramsden are sent to Fetherbridge to investigate the murder of Lisa Stillwell. The main reason they were assigned to the case is because they participated in the failed arrest of Tom Grayson. They both have serious misgivings after they are convinced that Gale was innocent of her husband's crimes. They also remember the locals and the locals remember them. Hopefully, they will be able to solve the case quickly but that will not be the case. There is a lot of resentment with New Scotland Yard regarding their attack on the town and some of the townspeople hate Gale Grayson.
Ms. Holbrook does an excellent job with this novel by not creating flat characters. All of the major players are well-developed and they evolve as the story goes along. No one had a reason to hate 22-year-old Lisa Stillwell but as the investigation ensues we learn that that is not the case. The story is complex and well-structured with a satisfactory conclusion to the story. The author is clearly influenced by the works of P.D. James and her books do not disappoint.
Teri Holbrook's novels have been nominated for several awards, more recently an Edgar-award nomination for THE MOTHER'S TONGUE. The author knows how to structure a good story and hopefully we will see more of her Gale Grayson novels in the future. Her books deserve the highest possible recommendation.
The plot is believable and has the necessary twists to create that degree of uncertainty which keeps the best mysteries moving along; I was disappointed that I had figured out whodunnit by chapter 3, but then the doubts started to creep in, and I was delighted to find out by the end of the book that I had been wrong. It is not an earth-shaking plot, but it is a life-shaking one, in this small community where the story is set.
However, Holbrook's great strength is her ability to create depth in the characters and backgrounds. The setting is rich and believable. There are no "cardboard characters" or two-dimensional bit-part players -- everyone is given enough detail to be a real person to the mind's eye, which is as it should be. One gets the sense of peering in at other people's lives, starting somewhere in the middle of their stories, which began before you were there and which will continue after you are no longer looking. Not everyone is sympathetic, and there are disjunctions between how characters see themselves and how they are seen by other people, and disjunctions between the versions of events as seen by different people. This, too, I found to be true-to-life; from what I've seen, that is the way the real world works. The thread that holds it together is that again, this is done believably rather than randomly, everyone has a real and believable motivation, the characters are internally consistent, and they are all visibly affecting each others' lives.
The only reason I give this four stars rather than five is the uncomfortable feeling that there *are* bits of story that we should know, and don't. The author probably left them out deliberately in order that we discover them later (or infer them as we go along), but a couple of times I found myself double-checking just to make sure I hadn't accidentally started with the second book of a series.
I will certainly be buying the rest of her books.