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Barbara Nadel
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7 Jan 2010 Francis Hancock Mysteries

The chilling new World War Two crime mystery by the award-winning author Barbara Nadel; fourth in the highly popular Francis Hancock series.

East London, 1940: Francis Hancock finds the brutally eviscerated body of a woman in a derelict house. Francis' sister, Nancy, knew the victim. Then, shockingly, two more murders follow. Rumours start to spread through the East End about another Jack the Ripper. When a fourth woman is murdered, Nancy admits that she knew all of the victims, and Francis sets out to find the killer, discovering a trail of murderous resentment that goes back decades...

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755357604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755357604
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB.

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""Impeccable mystery plotting, exotic and atmospheric."" --Guardian" on" After the Mourning

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A brilliant evocation of the period and a truly unnerving, menacing and original novel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Barbara Nadel's latest Hancock novel engrossed me more than any other she has written in the Hancock series. It focuses on an area a mere 20 minutes walk from where I live and the places she refers to a more than just similar. Taking in personal tragedy, humanity in the face of overwhelming odds and all entwined around past events from a cruel time that have raised their ghostly heads and led to the grisly slaughter of young women, which, reluctantly, Francis Hancock has become involved in, only this time the events are hitting him more personally than in the past as they involve his dear sister, Nancy. My Grandparents lived in East London in WW1 and WW2 and building on Barbara Nadel's descriptive account of the places in East London (East Ham, Forest Gate, Plashet)brings it chillingly to life. The setting encompasses all the horrors that the blitz brought to people in East London, and provides a backdrop of the unfolding events that will see the reader unable to put this book down for long. For Nadel fans, Sure and Certain Death is a must-read, as it is for historians of East London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting read! 9 May 2011
The last of the Hancock series and yet another great depiction of the period. More brutal murders in a story line that is gripping to the last page. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful idea, poorly executed 12 Feb 2010
Having an undertaker as a detective is a wonderful idea, overcoming the problem faced by all fictional non-police detectives - how to account for one person encountering so many dead bodies!

However, this book never really comes to life - the author explains her characters rather than letting them reveal themselves to us, and they are all completely one-dimensional (the repressed religious spinister, the warm-hearted prostitute...yawn). As for the plot - well, it is simpy ridiculous.

Worst of all, this book is really badly written - clunky inelegant prose and actual grammatical errors. Barbara, you need someone to properly proofread your work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 27 Jan 2013
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The series of books by Barbara Nadel are consistently good and keep your interest throughout.
Try to read them in chronological order!
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