A Fine and Private Place

A Fine and Private Place

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Baker & Taylor
As he investigates the recent discovery of the body of Ben Gordheimer, a soldier who disappeared fifty years earlier, police detective Keith Tyrell stumbles upon another body, setting the quiet old English village of Tolland on edge, and when the killer strikes again, Tyrell is plunged into a world of betrayal, dark secrets, and blackmail, while internal politics and envy threaten to tear apart his police team.

Perseus Publishing
An ordinary day in Gloucestershire holds a half century of secrets and lies in this crafty and well-crafted mystery, when a skeleton turns up in a field outside the old village of Tolland. A dogtag beside it in the earth bears the name Ben Gordheimer, a young American soldier who disappeared?and was dishonorably discharged for desertion?during the war fifty years before. To complicate matters for the police team of Keith Tyrell, the adept and ambitious Detective Inspector sent to Tolland, the investigation into the G.I.’s death unearths a second, much more recent corpse whose identity and identification as a blackmailer sets the entire village even more on edge. While Tyrell discovers the killer, long dead, of the G.I. quickly enough, the village of Tolland itself proves to be a harder case to crack. The repercussions of the old murder continue to haunt the memories and disturb the souls of Tolland’s inhabitants, while the fact that another killer is dwelling in their midst troubles the placidity of their closely knit daily lives. Their distrust of Tyrell’s inquiry and of the avid press only reinforces their tight-lipped secrecy. Tyrell has problems of his own as well, with the envy and betrayals of internal politics among the members of his police team increasingly impeding the progress of the investigation. Neither the village nor Tyrell realizes, though, just how quickly time is running out for them in this case. Then a third dead body further rouses once-sleepy Tolland and confronts the beleaguered Tyrell with another nasty case of murder.

An ordinary day in Gloucestershire holds a half century of secrets and lies in this crafty and well-crafted mystery, when a skeleton turns up in a field outside the old village of Tolland. A dogtag beside it in the earth bears the name Ben Gordheimer, a young American soldier who disappeared?and was dishonorably discharged for desertion?during the war fifty years before. To complicate matters for the police team of Keith Tyrell, the adept and ambitious Detective Inspector sent to Tolland, the investigation into the G.I.'s death unearths a second, much more recent corpse whose identity and identification as a blackmailer sets the entire village even more on edge. While Tyrell discovers the killer, long dead, of the G.I. quickly enough, the village of Tolland itself proves to be a harder case to crack. The repercussions of the old murder continue to haunt the memories and disturb the souls of Tolland's inhabitants, while the fact that another killer is dwelling in their midst troubles the placidity of their closely knit daily lives. Their distrust of Tyrell's inquiry and of the avid press only reinforces their tight-lipped secrecy. Tyrell has problems of his own as well, with the envy and betrayals of internal politics among the members of his police team increasingly impeding the progress of the investigation. Neither the village nor Tyrell realizes, though, just how quickly time is running out for them in this case. Then a third dead body further rouses once-sleepy Tolland and confronts the beleaguered Tyrell with another nasty case of murder.


Blackwell North Amer
Back in 1940s wartime Gloucestershire, a young GI stationed at the village of Tolland disappears and it is presumed that he has simply deserted. In his absence he is dishonourably discharged.
Fifty years later a skeleton unearthed in a field is found bearing the GI's name on the dogtag buried beside it. In the search for his killer the fresh corpse of another victim is unearthed, yet it transpires that this was no innocent but a blackmailer - but of whom, and for what reason, is still a mystery.
For the inhabitants of the peaceful village of Tolland it means the presence of police and reporters, unwelcome for those with long-kept and more recent secrets. Villagers struggle to live normally with a murderer in their midst and the police team assigned to the case of the murders has its own problems too - envy, ambition, obsession and internal politics all hinder progress until there is another death.
Keith Tyrell, the fast-track DI first sent to Tolland, does his best to get under the skin of the village and its ways. The repercussions of the GI's untimely death are still felt by some of the village's present-day inhabitants and the identity and secrets of the blackmailer are destined to shake up the quiet village life.
Tolland is an old village and the lives of many of its inhabitants are closely woven. The disruption and mistrust that the murders and subsequent police enquiry bring to its midst means life in Tolland will inevitably be changed for ever.

Baker
& Taylor

As he investigates the recent discovery of the body of Ben Gordheimer, a soldier who disappeared fifty years earlier, police detective Keith Tyrell stumbles upon another body, setting the quiet old English village of Tolland on edge.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2001
ISBN: 9780786709090
078670909X
Branch Call Number: M DAVIES
M DAVIES
Characteristics: 304 p

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