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Naked to the Hangman

Naked to the Hangman

‘Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller’ Daily Telegraph

From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, this is the final instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series


As a young police officer in Palestine during the closing months of the Mandate – the cradle of Middle Eastern terrorism – Richard Thornhill saw and did things which still haunt his dreams and make him fear for his sanity. Is he himself a killer? Now, when a retired police officer is found dead in the ruins of Lydmouth Castle, the past has come back to claim Detective Inspector Thornhill, and he is under suspicion of another murder. His wife Edith and former lover Jill Francis join forces in an uneasy alliance to try to help him.

But there are many complications – scandalous allegations have been made about Miss Awre’s School of Dancing; the Ruispidge Charity’s annual dance for young people is under threat; teenagers haunt the newly opened Italian coffee bar and yearn for fumbled intimacies in the sheltering darkness of the Rex Cinema. And the Spring floods are rising higher than they have in living memory, drowning a multitude of secrets . . .

‘An excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chillingThe Times

‘The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today’ Val McDermid

‘There is no denying Taylor’s talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries’ Time Out
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 13th September 2012

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9781444764994

Reviews

'Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth series becomes more impressive with each book... Taylor's special skill is getting under the skill of his characters and creating a vivid portrait of even the dullest setting. It's a very accomplished novel.'
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
So well-rounded . . . no plot from Taylor is ever without complications and twists
Sunday Express
'The strength of Andrew Taylor lies in his characters and their complex emotions... Taylor never disappoints and Naked to the Hangman is no exception.'
Harriet Waugh, <i>Spectator</i>
'Andrew Taylor is remarkably prolific - it doesn't seem five minutes since his last stand-alone novel appeared - but what is even more remarkable is that his productivity does not have the least adverse effect on the quality of his writing. On the contrary, this latest entry in the excellent Lydmouth series is arguably even stronger than its predecessor, the admirable 'Call for the Dying'. In this book, Richard Thornhill comes under pressure as never before when a tragedy from his brief service as a police officer in Palestine comes back to haunt him. The mystery element of the story is handled with Taylor's usual skill, and there are a couple of neat twists, but what I found striking was the way this talented writer made me care a great deal about such questions as who would accompany whom at the local charity dance. He draws us completely into the remote world of 1950s rural England and makes what happens there matter very much. A considerable achievement.'
<i>Tangled Web</i>
'Enthralling'
<i>Observer</i>
'Complex and absorbing'
<i>Woman & Home</i>
Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth series becomes more impressive with each book... Taylor's special skill is getting under the skill of his characters and creating a vivid portrait of even the dullest setting. It's a very accomplished novel.
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
'Taylor's novels are always intelligent, well-structured and engrossing reads.'
<i>Yorkshire Post</i>
I am a fan of Andrew Taylor, who continues to evoke provincial England brilliantly in his Lydmouth novels
The Sunday Times
'A brilliant take on the classic golden-age mystery updated with contemporary candour and enhanced by Taylor's ability to make characters rounded and real through his intuitive understanding of obsolete habits... a gripping and intelligent novel; highly recommended.'
<i>Literary Review</i>
'Atmospheric'
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth novels have shaped the classic detective story into something cleverer, a magnifying glass on periods of recent history. Naked to the Hangman is no exception.'
<i>Belfast Telegraph</i>
Atmospheric
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'This murder tale is anything but formulaic'
<i>Mirror</i>
Complex and absorbing
<i>Woman & Home</i>
'Detective Inspector Thornhill returns in this splendid new novel in the Lydmouth series... Andrew Taylor brilliantly captures the atmosphere of 1950s England with a superb plot and complex and believable characters. This is classic crime writing that will delight even the most jaded reader.'
<i>Waterstone's Books Quarterly</i>
'Detective Inspector Thornhill returns in this splendid new novel in the Lydmouth series.... Andrew Taylor brilliantly captures the atmosphere of 1950s England with a superb plot and complex and believable characters. This is classic crime writing that will delight even the most jaded reader.'
<i>Waterstone's</i>
'This is the eight title in Andrew Taylor's excellent series of detective stories set in the fictional Anglo-Welsh border town of Lydmouth in the aftermath of the Second World War... A fine addition to the series.'
<i>Mail on Sunday</i>
Striking . . . A considerable achievement.
<i>Tangled Web</i>
A brilliant take on the classic golden-age mystery updated with contemporary candour and enhanced by Taylor's ability to make characters rounded and real through his intuitive understanding of obsolete habits... a gripping and intelligent novel; highly recommended.
<i>Literary Review</i>
This murder tale is anything but formulaic
Daily Mirror