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Inspector Proby's Christmas by [John Gano]

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Casual adultery in Hampton seems as ubiquitous as the December snow that blankets the British river port. But is it connected to the serial killer who's blasting young women with a shotgun? In this well-crafted procedural, first in a new series by an author making his American debut, Inspector Jim Proby is spending the holiday season tracking the murderer. Except for their being in remote spots at the wrong time, little connects the victims: the wayward bride of a local crook, a pretty high-school girl, a church-warden's universally beloved young wife, an HIV-positive waif. Proby-kindly, middle-aged and himself burdened with a wandering spouse-wonders if three of the slayings could be smokescreens concealing the one that isn't random at all. Dogged digging and deduction soon provide the answer, but, unfortunately, no tangible evidence, and finally Proby is forced to trap his prey through a dangerous scam. Gano's excellent descriptive passages create a vivid atmosphere; he's especially good at showing how mistaken identifications and useless clues complicate police work.
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The shotgun murder of Diana Smyth, pregnant bride of Oxford- educated hoodlum Hippo Doyle, takes on a sinister new aspect when it's followed by a second similar murder, and a third. Although Doyle has a long record of violence and prison terms, and Mary Grogan's boyfriend lied about his alibi, it's the husband of the third victim, Anne Bryant, who catches Inspector Jim Proby's eye- -maybe because he's just seduced Proby's lavish wife, Sheila. Against the odds and the usual pressure from his higher-ups, Proby insists that churchwarden Henry Bryant is the man they want. But it's not going to be easy to obtain evidence against a suspect who's literally written the book on counterespionage, even though, as a fourth murderous attack reveals, Bryant is indeed the killer. There follows a game of wits: Proby bugs Bryant's flat and puts him under heavy surveillance; Bryant easily spots both mikes and shadows, keeps Sheila Proby at arm's length, and bides his time while Proby's politically sensitive Chief Constable gives him an ultimatum and a time limit. It isn't until time has run out that Proby's questions about an inconsequential Christmas gift give him one last chance... A sober, unspectacular debut for quietly appealing Proby. But how can Gano make his next case equally arresting without savaging the poor man's domestic life all over again? -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Publication date : November 24, 2015
  • File size : 1917 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 193 pages
  • Publisher : Lume Books (November 24, 2015)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B018IOM64W
  • Lending : Enabled
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