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    • ISBN:9781444764987
    • Publication date:13 Sep 2012

Call The Dying

The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 7

By Andrew Taylor

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From the prize-winning author of Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy and The Ashes of London, this is the seventh in the acclaimed Lydmouth crime series, set on the Welsh/English border in the confusing years after the Second World War.

The seventh in the acclaimed Lydmouth series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London.

Love and need make unexpected bedfellows, and both are blind. As the grip of a long hard winter tightens on Lydmouth, a dead woman calls the dying in a seance behind net curtains. Two provincial newspapers are in the throes of a bitter circulation war. A lorry-driver broods, and an office boy loses his heart.

Britain is basking in the warm glow of post-war tranquillity, but in the quiet town of Lydmouth, darker forces are at play. The rats are fed on bread and milk, a gentleman's yellow kid glove is mislaid on a train, and something disgusting is happening at Mr Prout's toyshop.

Returning to a town shrouded in intrigue and suspicion, Jill Francis becomes acting editor of the Gazette. Meanwhile, there's no pleasure left in the life of Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornhill. Only a corpse, a television set and the promise of trouble to come.

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  • ISBN: 9780340838624
  • Publication date: 29 Aug 2005
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
'Andrew Taylor's latest addition to his "Lydmouth" murder series perfectly evokes that innocent world of the 1950s. The book is wonderfully redolent of that era, except that it has psychological depth instead of Christie-type cliches. Taylor builds a gripping story, as redolent of the period as brown linoleum. His subtle exploration of provincial society, with its gruesome underbelly, makes this a powerful extension to the series.' - Independent
How skilfully he recreates the atmosphere of the time through innuendo, attitude and detail rather than dogged description . . . Taylor is the master of small lives writ large — Frances Fyfield, Express on The Suffocating Night
'This is top of the class. Taylor's re-creation of the 1950s is absolutely convincing.' - Sue Baker's Top 10 crime & thriller titles, Publishing News
The most underrated crime writer in Britain today — Val McDermid
Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not THE most interesting novelist writing on crime in England today — Harriet Waugh, Spectator
Taylor is an excellent writer — The Times
The people depicted here are real and believable and the drabness and genteel facade of Fifties England is skilfully brought to life. Taylor is, as always, adept at showing the reality beneath the surface — Sunday Telegraph
CALL THE DYING is expert, ingenious and absorbing, with its eye trained on horizons lying in wait — Spectator
Full of nostalgic detail, this is old-fashion crime at its best — The Times
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