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A dance of ghosts / Kevin Brooks.

By: Brooks, Kevin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012Description: 440 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444809374(lg print).Subject(s): Private investigators -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Investigation -- Fiction | Bereavement -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.
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Originally published: London: Arrow, 2011.
Summary: PI John Craine struggles with the past. Seventeen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. Craine found her body in their bed. And since then, to escape the pain and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in work by day, and whisky by night. But then the mother of a missing young woman, Anna Gerrish, calls on his services. Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies that lead back into the murky waters of the past - and to the night that Craine has spent years trying to forget. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything gets increasingly, terrifyingly personal. And it's down to Craine to stop history from repeating itself...
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When the mother of missing local young woman, Anna Gerrish, calls on his services, PI John Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies. And as he delves deeper into the case everything suddenly starts to get terrifyingly personal.

Originally published: London: Arrow, 2011.

PI John Craine struggles with the past. Seventeen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. Craine found her body in their bed. And since then, to escape the pain and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in work by day, and whisky by night. But then the mother of a missing young woman, Anna Gerrish, calls on his services. Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies that lead back into the murky waters of the past - and to the night that Craine has spent years trying to forget. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything gets increasingly, terrifyingly personal. And it's down to Craine to stop history from repeating itself...

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Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of children's author Brooks's solid first adult novel, PI John Craine is sitting in a parked car videotaping Preston Elliot, who's suspected of falsely claiming he severely injured his back at work, on a mean street in the dreary English town of Hey. When Elliot notices he's being filmed, he goes over to Craine's car and destroys the detective's camcorder. Craine, a classic tortured soul, whose wife was brutally murdered in their bedroom 16 years earlier, soon finds himself in more trouble. Helen Gerrish, a bizarre and nervous woman, hires him to investigate the disappearance of her grown daughter, Anna, who the police believe scampered off on her own accord. Craine's search for Anna takes him into Hey's violent, drug-addled underground-and, eventually, into a confrontation with his own dark past. The plot meanders, but fans of contemporary British noir will be satisfied. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

This fine novel works interesting changes on a couple of detective-story standbys. It even manages to intertwine them. The first is the shattered cop trying to rebuild his life as a PI. The second is the DNA left on a victim's body and traced to a dead man. John Craine was a copper in a southern English town. He came home to find his wife brutally murdered. We meet him later as a feckless PI, humiliated by the man he's trailing. Craine doesn't fret; he has another Scotch. He's had gallons since the murder. Then he's hired to find a missing young woman, and his inquiries create new questions. Why were the police so indifferent? Why are the police officers who pretended to investigate the same ones who failed to solve his wife's murder? And what about that DNA? When the answers come, are they about corruption or just another sad family history? Readers who don't want to brood on that will be happy to know that Brooks has provided a fine shootout finale. A tense, compulsive read.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2010 Booklist