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By Val McDermid

On a freezing day in December 1963, Alison Carter vanishes from her rural village, an insular group that distrusts the skin global. For the younger George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it's the starting of his so much tricky and harrowing case--a suspected homicide without physique, an research with extra useless ends and closed faces than he'd have present in the anonymity of the interior urban, and an end result that reverberates throughout the years.

Decades later Bennett eventually tells his tale to journalist Catherine Heathcote, yet simply while the booklet is poised for booklet, he unaccountably attempts to tug the plug. He has new details that he refuses to expose, new details which threatens the very foundations of his lifestyles. Catherine is pressured to reinvestigate the previous, with effects that flip the realm the other way up.

A Greek tragedy in smooth England, Val McDermid's A position of Execution is a taut mental mystery that explores, exposes, and explodes the border among truth and phantasm in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectation on its head and reminds us that what we all know is what we don't understand.

A position of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times ebook Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for top Novel.

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But nothing appeared to have come of it. That same colleague had remarked to George only the previous Saturday at a police dance, that John Kilbride and Pauline Reade would have left more traces if they’d been abducted by little green men in a flying saucer. And now a missing girl on his patch. He stared out of the window at the moonlit fields lining the Ashbourne road, their rough pasture crusted with hoarfrost, the dry-stone walls that separated them almost luminous in the silvery light. A thin cloud crossed the moon and in spite of his warm coat, George shivered at the thought of being without shelter on a night like this in so inhospitable a landscape.

He took his pocketbook from his tunic and flipped it open. Licking the end of his pencil, he looked up expectantly. ’ George asked gently. The woman cleared her throat. ‘Thirteen past. ’ Her voice cracked, as if something inside her were splintering. ’ ‘Steady on, Inspector,’ Hawkin protested. ‘What do you mean, trouble? ’ ‘I’m not suggesting anything, sir,’ George said. ‘But Alison’s at a difficult age, and sometimes young girls get things out of all proportion. A perfectly normal ticking-off can feel like the end of the world to them.

He’d have got there eventually, but not as fast as Grundy. Ruth shook her head. ‘She’s not. But if Alison had had an accident, Shep wouldn’t have left her. She’d have barked, but she wouldn’t have left her. A night like tonight, you’d hear Shep anywhere in the dale. You’ve been out there. ’ ‘That’s why I wondered,’ Grundy said. ’ asked the ever-practical Lucas. ’ Lucas asked. Ruth nodded. ‘Black blazer, maroon cardie, white shirt, black and maroon tie and maroon skirt. She’s wearing black woolly tights and black sheepskin boots that come up to mid-calf.

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