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    • ISBN:9781444765717
    • Publication date:22 Nov 2012

The Sleeping Policeman

William Dougal Crime Series Book 7

By Andrew Taylor

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The seventh book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.

The seventh book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London.

When William Dougal is invited to the cottage of a young doctor to look into a case of blackmail, he soon discovers that the village community is not as quaint as it seems. For hostility and deception brew beneath the surface . . .

As a network of corruption is gradually exposed, the village is shaken by a series of chilling incidents: from a sweep of thefts to a ruthless hit-and-run. And when tensions escalate into murder, it's up to Dougal to piece the puzzle together - before another body turns up.

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  • ISBN: 9781444765700
  • Publication date: 22 Nov 2012
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
This simple summary does not do justice to the complexity, nor to the subtlety with which the author portrays his characters . . . this is undoubtedly Andrew Taylor's best book yet — Evening Standard
Enjoyable voyeuristic peep at greedy, back-scratching local community — Guardian
Keen, quirky, dying-fall entertainment. — The Sunday Times
Well modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainment — Guardian
Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller. — Daily Telegraph
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Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, has taught at a number of institutions and written for many magazines. The first novel in the Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. In 2015, Amitav Ghosh was named as a finalist of the Man Booker International Prize.

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Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and the triple winner of the Historical Dagger. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, the international bestseller The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); the Lydmouth Series; the William Dougal Series, The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and The Scent of Death. He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He reviews for the Spectator and The Times. For more information about Andrew Taylor and his books, see: www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on twitter: @andrewjrtaylor