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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854967517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854967510
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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First novel in highly-acclaimed Harry Devlin crime series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Interesting to go back and read Martin Edwards' first novel. What an assured and well written debut novel this is (he has now written many more - all excellent) Harry Devlin, like his creator, is a solicitor. A good man a bit battered by life and with a nice line in self deprecating wit. But his life changes for the worse when his adored but estranged wife is murdered, and Harry is catapulted into the middle of his own mystery.

There are nine Harry Devlin novels, and you wish there were more. For Harry is a living breathing human being, and he lingers in the mind.One big and beautiful character in all the books is Liverpool itself, and that in itself is rewarding.What a wonderful retro TV series these books would make! And I for one would like to see Harry walking the mean streets of this fabulous city.

A good book to start a wonderful series. Well recommended if you like clever, honest plots, characters that get under your skin, and settings that appear effortlessly in your minds eye. And books to reread. A rewarding investment that earn their place on your bookshelves.
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By evelyn on 26 Nov. 2013
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A most satisfying read. I enjoyed the journey through Liverpool, both the leafy suburbs and the more seedy streets. The characters were quite diverse and well portrayed. The witty Liverpool banter was a welcome ingredient as we're the references to songs/political events/media characters of the time . A well crafted crime novel, the first in the series. Looking forward to meeting Harry Devlin again.
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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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The realistic Liverpool settings are spot on --I worked in this area for 30 years --and give a real sense of purpose and drive to the narrative . There are no false hopes ,just gritty realism yet the book is by no means relentlessly down beat . Strong characters and a good plot line make for a most impressive read .
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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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Martin Edwards writes carefully and well. His books are well-researched, and even in this first book it is obvious he had honed his style by consuming the books of those exponents of his favourite genre that he most admired. He is now more than 20 books further down the line, but thanks to e-publishing his whole canon is once more available. He is a "best-selling" author, of course, and lovers of the crime-solving, whodunnit genre should enjoy working their way through his books: to see how his storytelling technique develops as well as to enjoy a carefully-crafted, entertaining read.
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This is a well-written novel with some good twists and turns as Harry, our protagonist, seeks to work out who killed his estranged wife. It is a somewhat dated novel (early nineties perhaps?), but this does not come at any cost to the reader as the mystery element is strong.

At the same time, Harry is both a person to align with, given his predicament, yet also quite a source of frustration given many of his actions.

A few typos in the Kindle version, but nothing terminal.

Overall, there was enough in this book for me to look for more by the same author.
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