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A Fall from Grace

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Author: Robert Barnard

Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749081973
Rights: Uk & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 15th February 2007

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Price: £6.99

Format: Hardback

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A complex and darkly intriguing mystery from the award-winning Robert Barnard, exploring the secrets that can remain hidden within the most tightly knit communities, and the lengths some people will go to in order to keep them buried.

When Detective Charlie Peace attains the rank of inspector, he decides to relocate to the sleepy town of Slepton Edge, along with his pregnant wife, Felicity, and daughter, Carola. His dream of moving, however, can only become reality with the financial assistance of his stubborn father-in-law, Rupert Coggenhoe, a mid-selling novelist and the district's most popular widower. Unfortunately for Charlie, Rupert agrees to provide the money but on the strict condition that he moves in with them, or to a house nearby. With a heavy heart, Charlie accepts the offer and purchases two neighbouring houses, hoping that the cosy village community will warm his somewhat frosty family.

When a mysterious death disturbs the village calm, the network of neighbourhood gossip emerges as both Charlie's greatest ally and the biggest obstacle in his path to the truth.



What Critics Have Said»

‘A master of the genre…a little gem of a book’

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‘Barnard is a master of inventive plotting’Deadly Pleasures

‘Cosy, but with a sharp edge’The Scotsman

‘If I had to make a list of the most-underrated writers of crime fiction Robert Barnard would be near the top along with John Harvey…A Fall from Grace is a classy police procedural. The plot is excellent. It’s beautifully constructed…there’s not a word wasted and some wonderful characters. Highly recommended.’

‘Mystifying and entertaining, this is Barnard as his admirers like him with consummate plotting and economical (but-on-the-nail) characterization.’Good Book Guide

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