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A Willing Victim

A Willing Victim [Kindle Edition]

Laura Wilson
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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'Laura Wilson's DI Stratton series is one of the bright spots of British crime fiction ... an intelligent, thought-provoking crime novel with a particularly poignant ending' Spectator.

'An excellent thought-provoking read' Literary Review.

'Laura Wilson skilfully marshals her cast of shifty characters against the backdrop of the Suez crisis, the crushing of the Hungarian rebellion by the Soviets and the threat of nuclear war ... a top-notch police procedural' Telegraph.

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London, November, 1956.

DI Ted Stratton is tasked with investigating the murder of Jeremy Lloyd, a strange young man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has founded a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding.

Apparently Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. But at the Foundation, Stratton meets twelve-year-old Michael who is proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders that stretches back to Christ and Buddha. He is rumoured amongst Roth's disciples to have been immaculately conceived, but the woman who is said to be his mother, and whose photograph was cherished by Lloyd, has disappeared.

When a woman's body is found in woods nearby, Stratton initially assumes he has found 'the mother', but the reality turns out to be far stranger and far more terrifying...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849163111
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPIIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best - not particularly engaging 30 May 2012
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I have been a fan of this series of Laura Wilson's novels featuring DI Stratton and was looking forward to this latest addition. But I did not find this a particularly engaging story. The first half lacked the customary tension that the three previous novels achieved. By the end I really did wonder if the primary aim had been to write a novel about religious cults rather than to move the Stratton series forward with a grittier and more London based crime. The story around Stratton's personal life, which has been one of the strenghts of the series, was also oddly dull. As ever Laura Wilson captures period wonderfully well but this is not enough to sustain a good story. Overall, disappointing by her normal standards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unaccountably unexciting 20 Feb 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I’ve enjoyed Laura Wilson’s other Stratton books but this one is lacklustre in comparison and feels a bit uninspired. This is odd since in the afterword Wilson talks about how her depiction of the Foundation, what we would call a religious cult today, is based on her real-life experience. Maybe she was worried about too much self-revelation but there’s a lot of vagueness in this story: the characters in the Foundation are not delineated enough to become distinguishable and we’re never told enough to make what sense of what they believe or stand for, especially around the status of Michael.

Added to that, the ongoing story of Stratton, his on-off relationship with Diana, his troubled relationship with his son, and the secret being kept from him by his daughter all feel a bit unconvincing here to the point of being dreary.

So a disappointing book in what is a good series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Laura Wilson 27 Jun 2014
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I was a bit disappointed felt the book was overlong and could have been told in half the pages. I stayed with the story, it will not put me off reading & trying another book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I'd been led to expect 17 Jun 2014
By MillieT
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Going from the other reviews, I prepared myself to be disappointed by this 4th Stratton novel. However, I loved the book and found the subject matter both interesting and well woven into the plot. Perhaps it's not a book to be read in a hurry but it's lovely to find a good mystery which is worth savouring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SLIGHT DISAPPOINTMENT 30 July 2013
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The novel does not seem to me to be as effective as the previous Detective Stratten books principally I think because there is rather too much "plot" --- and fairly convoluted at that--- and therefore not as much depth of charcterisation as in the previous excellent novels.
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