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Good People: A Mystery (Glyn Capaldi Series) Hardcover – April 16, 2013

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The first novel by an award-winning author of radio plays for the BBC has the kind of fast pace and immediacy we associate with radio. Hutton’s hero, half-Welsh, half-Italian Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, has been exiled from Cardiff for getting a man killed and sent to what the city cops call the “Wild and Wooly West” of Wales, where he is supposed to stay out of the way of his superiors. When a minibus full of young men back from a rugby game disappears into the forest, and only five later emerge, Capaldi is told to ignore the incident. What Capaldi can’t ignore is that a prostitute, perhaps one caught in human trafficking, is one of the people who doesn’t return. The local constabulary wants to pretend the incident didn’t happen, as do the local people. Capaldi’s investigation in the teeth of opposition is a joy to follow. And the wit of the first-person narration is priceless. Definitely a series to watch. --Connie Fletcher

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“The phrase, or variations of it, pops up: She comes from good people; they're good people. But what if they're not? That's the issue in Ewart Hutton's first novel...a gritty and graphic thriller featuring Detective Sgt. Glyn Capaldi, who, after a tragic outcome to a case, has been reassigned from Cardiff to a rural area of Wales where nothing much happens....Hutton, a native of Scotland who now lives in France, paints a rich portrait of a maverick cop, a small community and the depravity that lies beneath its pretty façade. Not for the squeamish, 'Good People' marks a striking and cunning debut.” ―Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“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

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

“Shortlisted for the 2012 Crime Writers' Association 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

“Capaldi's investigation...is a joy to follow. And the wit of the first-person narration is priceless. Definitely a series to watch.” ―Booklist

“An entertaining debut with more stings in the tail than a bag of scorpions.” ―Val McDermid, international bestselling author

“Glyn Capaldi makes a hugely impressive first appearance in Good People…teasingly elusive, and convincing, set in dark woodlands and small towns that conceal more than the reader can possibly suspect.” ―Campbell Armstrong, author of Jigsaw

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

“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

“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

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Product Details

  • Series: Glyn Capaldi Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250019613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250019615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of British Crime/Detective novels. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't. Usually it's the writing I dislike, but here it's the subject matter. As some other reviewers have stated, there's sexual perversion a plenty. Read at your own risk. On a more positive note, I liked DS Glyn Capaldi. Unfortunately, I won't be spending time with him again. I think the author would have been smarter to start his series with something less dark, build a readership, then move into this one. Better yet, he could have skipped this story altogether.
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On a cold, snowy night in Dinas, Wales, six male friends pick up a prostitute, hijack a minibus and spend the night in a desolate cabin on a hill. The next morning, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds the group of friends but learns that one of them, Boone Paterson, a black man enlisted in the Army, and the prostitute are missing. During the course of his own personal investigation, Capaldi makes one gruesome discovery after another. He learns there is a cover up among the local police officials and that the townspeople will do anything to protect the surviving friends. Everyone keeps insisting that the young men are "good people" and incapable of the sexual perversions and murders of which Capaldi suspects them of committing.

This year, because I haven't read a novel by David J. Schow ["Internecine" (Internecine) and "Upgunned" (Upgunned: A Novel)], I'll consider Ewart Hutton's "Good People" to be my guilty pleasure. After reading this sexually violent novel, I nearly ran to my minister for confession, but then remembered I'm Baptist. The young friends in this novel are not good people; they are nasty people. Appearances can be extremely deceiving. Throughout the novel, the author poses the question: How well do we really know someone? First of all, "good people" don't exist. Jesus Christ himself told his disciples that there was no one who was good except God (Mark 10:18). We all have our dark secrets. It seems, however, that the townspeople of Dinas have more than their fair share.
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...this is the book for you. You have got to be kidding me. It was also way too long and most of the characters were boring and hateful. I gave it 2 stars only because I liked Glyn. Other than that, I'd rather read a nice clean cereal box.
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This is a about a depraved and disturbing crime, so if you don't like dark mysteries, this book isn't for you, but if you like good investigation and unusual settings read this debut mystery.

Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi is exiled to the Welsh countryside where he is expected to stay out of trouble in this place where crime seldom happens. Six locals (good people) and a woman hitchhiker go missing, and Capaldi heads an all out search, including a helicopter. Only five men are found and they have an explanation for the missing pair. The local police believe the 'good people', but Capaldi is obsessed with finding the missing girl. He works alone and angers the local police. He does't follow the rules and irritates his bosses back in Carmarthen.

The plot seems straight forward with known villains but unknown victims until the end where there is a twist I did not expect.

The setting is Mid-Wales a rural area with sheep, farming and hunting. There are rough terrains and small towns. I think it is in Radnor County. I am looking forward to Hutton's next book, and I'll bet that Capaldi isn't based in the same location.
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I pretty much read this page turner in one sitting. I loved following Glyn Capaldi and his hunches across the Welsh countryside. I was surprised, however, at how disturbing the book is at time. There are definitely some strange sex scenes that taught me terminology I wasn't familiar with.
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