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Talking to the Dead Hardcover – January 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Fiona Griffiths (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0345533747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533746
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)

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By Bill Oterson VINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
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"Talking to the Dead: A Novel", by Harry Bingham is written in first-person narrative from within the mind of Fiona Griffiths, an extraordinary Welsh detective on her first case who goes beyond just getting the job done. The story is mesmerizing, gut wrenching and almost real beyond imagination. The author provides a deep insight into the thinking process of the protagonist, her feelings and reasoning processes. What she sees as touching or humorous really is. It builds continually toward a blockbuster ending and when it's done it isn't really finished, there's more.

I found the story very interesting and believable. All characters were well developed and the writing caused me to feel I was part of it all. I didn't want it to end. This book is the authors U.S. debut and entirely readable from beginning to ending. It is totally unique. And Mr. Bingham is already engaged writing another installment. I can't wait.
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Fi Griffiths is a new detective with the Wales police department. Something about her is different than others but it is fairly subtle. It is obvious enough, however, so that her colleagues wonder what makes Fi tick. Fi is very smart, a Cambridge philosophy graduate. However, there are two years on her resume that are unaccounted for. Fi's answer to questions about this two year blank in her history is that she was sick.

Fi is hired as a detective constable which is the lowest rank in the Wales police department. Her first case involves a murdered woman, Janet Mancini, and her daughter, April. Janet is dead of a heroin overdose and six year-old April has had a sink drop on her head. The murder is gruesome and Fi becomes obsessed with the dead victims, especially April, the little girl.

Interestingly, the ATM card of a very rich citizen is found in the dead woman's room. He was supposed to have been killed in a plane accident quite a while ago and Fi wonders why this card is there. Is he really dead? Did the victim have a relationship with Rattigan, the rich man? Was she a prostitute? These questions go round and round Fi's brain.

The case is called 'Lohan' after Linsay Lohan, the American actress who has had a drug-filled background. It is possible that Janet died from an overdose but it is also possible that she was killed. Though Fi is supposed to be working on an embezzlement case, she can't get her mind off of the Lohan case and she spends every free moment on it.

Another prostitute is murdered and the case goes into full gear. Fi is busy investigating this case without the permission of her superior. Her obsession won't let her do anything else.
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Harry Bingham presents us with two major mysteries. A young woman and her daughter have been murdered, and. of course, by book's end we will know by whom and why they were killed. Secondly he presents Fiona Griffiths who is the book's heroine. She has decided psychological problems. She is very detached from her emotions and states that not too long ago she was dead. Of course all readers will want to know at the end enough of the hows and whys of her mental problems to satisfy but not enough to completely answer all questions. Mr. Bingham is presently working on his next novel in the Fiona Griffiths series.

To say the least Talking to the Dead is well plotted, suspenseful and exciting. It truly succeeds on all levels and heald my attention from start to finish. I would recommend it to all interested in an offbeat mystery thriller. I'm looking forward the second installment.
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A young woman, Janice, with high levels of heroin in her blood is found dead in an abandoned house in Cardiff, Wales. With her is found the body of her 6 year old daughter, April, face brutally smashed by a heavy sink; and platinum Visa debit card of Brendan Rattigan, a scrap metal tycoon, who supposedly died in a Light aircraft crash 9 months before but his body was never recovered.

That is how the book starts and introduces, Cambridge educated, pot smoking, ambisexual, rookie Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, originally assigned to the case just peripherally but who ends up unraveling the mystery. Like most other mystery thrillers of the last few years by Joe Nesbo, Stieg Larsson etc. Griffiths has her own idiosyncrasies and personality traits that add spice to the story.

My most favorite contemporary mystery writer is Henning Mankell and his Kurt Wallander based mysteries because they do not have the gory violence and brutalities of some of the other writers like Joe Nesbo, Jussi Adler-olsen and others.

At times this book drags details of Fiona's personal life and mundane details of police procedures, but overall the book is well written, absorbing for the most part, and has a good pace. I enjoyed it. So if you like Henning Mankell books, you will probably like Harry Bingham.
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In the Cardiff, Wales, homicide squad, DC Fiona Griffiths narrates the murder investigation of an addict/prostitute and her young daughter. To most eyes it would be a simple case, but to a young detective operating with a mysterious handicap, the little pieces don't add up. Others in the department view her as an oddity and a liability, but when her ideas seem to yield results, her kindly boss gives her a little leeway. Comparisons to Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander come naturally, but what Bingham does is even more challenging: writing in the first person, he has to let us understand Griffiths' malady before we know what it is, and he does a great job. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and the characters, and didn't feel blindsided by plot shenanigans. It all works. So if you enjoy thrillers, psychology, Salander or Wales, you will most likely enjoy this fine mystery-thriller.

I look forward to more books in the series.
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