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All the Lonely People Hardcover – Jul 1991

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749900768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749900762
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,099,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose sixth and most recent Lake District Mystery, featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind, is The Frozen Shroud. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston's prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008), The Serpent Pool, and The Hanging Wood.

Martin has written eight novels about lawyer Harry Devlin, the first of which, All the Lonely People, was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for the best first crime novel of the year and has been republished as an Arcturus Crime Classic, to be followed by Yesterday's Papers. The early Devlin books are now enjoying a fresh life as ebooks, with new introductions by leading authors such as Val McDermid and Frances Fyfield, as well as other new material.

In addition Martin has written a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense, Take My Breath Away, and a much acclaimed novel featuring Dr Crippen, Dancing for the Hangman. The latest Devlin novel, Waterloo Sunset, appeared in 2008. He completed Bill Knox's last book, The Lazarus Widow. He has published a collection of short stories, Where Do You Find Your Ideas? and other stories; 'Test Drive' was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2006, while 'The Bookbinder's Apprentice' won the same Dagger in 2008.

A well-known commentator on crime fiction, he has edited 20 anthologies and published eight non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill.An expert on crime fiction history, he is archivist of both the Crime Writers' Association and the Detection Club. In his spare time he is a partner in a national law firm and posts regularly to his blog, 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'

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'Martin Edwards writes terrific crime novels about Harry Devlin . . .with bruised emotions, a nice line in self-deprecation and penchant for Mersey low-life' (Marcel Berlins, Guardian )

'Mr Edwards' quietly effective mysteries are a pleasure to encounter' (New Law Journal )

'Harry is a likeable man with a wry sense of humour . . . Good entertainment with no unnecessary frills' (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph )

'The chameleon city of Liverpool has provided a dramatic background for Edwards' Harry Devlin novels, revealing itsefl in all its seediness and splendour' (Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Martin Edwards is an employment law partner at a Liverpool firm of solicitors. As well as the Harry Devlin series, he has published many short stories and articles, edited five anthologies and written six non-fiction legal books. He lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tallulah on 23 July 2008
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Harry Devlin is a Liverpool Solicitor. His estranged wife turns up on his doorstep and stays one night, but in spite of promises to stick around, she disappears the following day and is later found murdered. First the police question Harry, then release him due to lack of evidence. Harry is obsessed by the woman he lost so is determined to find the killer and bring him to justice. This is an excellent mystery thriller and although there is a small amount of legal jargon, the plot is so good that even a legal phobe will be gripped by the book. Read it and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on 20 July 2011
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All the Lonely People is a good title for this soft boiled crime novel set in Liverpool. It is not a bad story, but the whole discourse is premised on imagining that every single person in Liverpool is sick, diseased, mentally unbalanced or similarly afflicted. There is hardly a character (perhaps one)that is anywhere near a normal human being, (and no, I don't mean middle class well heeled people) - I just mean normal and human. I have known Liverpool for many years, and I realise that the soicitor in the book is dealing most of the time with the dregs of society, but amongst all levels in Liverpool I have always met plenty of really good, warm hearted,decent people, not matter how hard up they were. Of course this kind of novel has to have the bad guys outlined realistically, my problem is that there is hardly a character who is in any way endearing at all to the reader, and it's difficult to identify even with the main character. Also there were a few too many red herring chatacters, which made the detail confusing, and two thirds of the way through I didn't give a damn who was the murderer, because I didn't care....
But congrats on my not spotting who dunnit until near the end, so I did want to get there just to find out. Many of the characters are well drawn but the whole is too depressing and gives a false impression of this wonderful city.
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By Ann M on 24 Sept. 2014
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This was Martin Edwards debut novel published in 1991. It features Harry Devlin, a Liverpool lawyer, in his hunt to find the killer of his estranged wife Liz. It is well written and moves at a good pace and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. However I never really warmed to Harry as a character and the book felt rather dated. I much prefer the author’s Lake District Series.
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Reading the Lakes Stories by this author, saw that he had written a detective series and wanted to start with the original and first book. Never ordered a second hand one before but was very pleased with the quality of the book despite its age and being a paperback and it arrived before the esitmated date. Excellent read and will order more in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good who-done it 18 Jan. 2004
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His estranged wife Liz, who he has not seen since she deserted him for Mick Coghlan two years ago, sits in his living room waiting for attorney Harry Devlin to come home. When he arrives she asks him if she could crash here as she is scared of Mick, whom she is leaving for a married man. Still wanting Liz, Harry reluctantly agrees.
Two mornings later, Detective Inspector Skinner and his partner D.S. MacBeth question Harry on his whereabouts as someone killed Liz. The police believe an angry Harry stabbed his wife numerous times over her using him. Harry feels Mick is the culprit. However, he is shocked when a reporter friend tells him that Liz was two months pregnant. Realizing that he remains the prime suspect, Harry begins making inquiries into Liz's life, especially since she walked out on him.
While the amateur sleuth investigation occurs somewhat late, the tale effortlessly switches back and forth between legal thriller and police procedural. Harry serves as the glue and the focus of the varying sub-genre subplots. The support cast either enhances the murder whodunit or enables the audience to better understand Harry. Martin Edwards serves up an electrifying story line that traverses the mystery realm.
Harriet Klausner
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Pedestrian Starter for Edwards 9 Mar. 2006
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Harry Devlin is an attorney who married a beautiful woman with a mischievous and magnetic personality. He can't quit her, even though she left him for a few other men with zero regard for his feelings. When she's murdered, Devlin is possessed by the desire to find her killer.

Devlin's quest for justice seems a little unbelievable. She was a horrible person who deeply wounded her husband with her infidelities, and I found it hard to believe he "could not rest until he found the killer!" The writing style is O.K., but there are too many forced similes that grate on the reader after a few chapters. Ending a chapter with a "mysterious" question is also a thriller no-no--"Could it be that our hero was wrong in his suspicion of Bob as the killer?!" Kind of corny.

The criminal would have been quite easy to identify, for both the police and Devlin, if Edwards would not have withheld obvious relationships among the suspects. Martin has promise, but this is not a first-rate novel.
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