The author of Twisted Justice presents another finely tuned murder mystery in which Constable Ash tracks a serial killer who targets young girls, and all the evidence points to a member of the local butterfly club.
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Stung by loneliness after the desertion of his wife, Sandra, and by fears for his daughter Kay, Constable Toby Ash works feverishly to identify the rapist-killer of seven young girls in the English town of Molsham. His efforts pay off. An eyewitness to an out-of-place car, a telltale whiff of chloroform, and a little white dog lead him to an all too plausible suspect: butterfly collector Bernard Jessop. Meanwhile, though, maddened with grief and frustration like so many of Ashford's lawmen, Ash drifts into an affair with flirtatious family friend Janet Howard, then watches in horror as the affair threatens to wreck both his foundering marriage and the investigation. Will Janet, who spent an all- important night at Ash's place, come through with the alibi that will seal Jessop's fate by proving Ash couldn't have faked the final damning evidence against him? And if she doesn't, how will Ash be able to face letting the man go free? The plotting may be mechanical, but Ashford (An Illegal Solution, 1991, etc.) is efficient as ever in showing the raw pain of his grimly compromised coppers. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly :
Sergeant Toby Ash of Molsham looks at the local map of Essex and Kent showing the spots where dead girls have been discovered. The pattern resembles a butterfly. The raped and mutilated bodies have been prepared with potions used by butterfly collectors. Ash, with a daughter close in age to the seven victims, sets his sights on a nervous man possessed of both the means of and the motives for the crimes. His search for clues produces fast results of possibly suspect provenance. Reluctant bachelor Ash, whose wife has left him (temporarily, she says), beds an available woman who fails to give him a good alibi when he is accused of planting evidence against the suspect. Naturally, Mrs. Ash chooses this particularly bad time to return home. As the mystery behind the murders is gradually resolved, Ash is raked over the coals at home and at work, and the tale gradually turns into a moral fable. Ashford ( Deadly Reunion ) packs a lot of nuance into his sure-handed novel; if the resolution is a little weak, it remains morally justified.
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Description du livre G K Hall & Co, 1995. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0816174709
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Description du livre G K Hall & Co, 1995. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M0816174709