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A Place of Execution by [McDermid, Val]
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Val McDermid is known for the violence, and tension, of her writing. Both The Mermaids Singing, which won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of 1995, and The Wire in the Blood (1997) are monuments to the human capacity for torture (and the psychological profiling supposed to counter it). No less thrilling, A Place of Execution is, however, a different kind of book. On one level, it is about the disappearance of a schoolgirl, Alison Carter, in December 1963: a girl from a tiny Derbyshire village whose disappearance turns into a personal quest for the detective heading the investigation, George Bennett. Resisting comparisons with real events in Manchester (what are now known as the "Moors Murders"), Bennett is confronted with the strange and isolated community of Scardale: a community reputed to be a "a law unto itself", it may well harbour the kind of secret which allows murder to reverberate across the generations. Building slowly with lots of suspense, McDermid takes her readers through Bennett's investigation and the trial that follows, projecting back to the beginning of the 1960s a very contemporary anxiety about the "desecration of childhood". It's an intelligent and compelling move, one that sustains the book's shift to the present and Bennett's return to the case decades later when he tells his story to the journalist Catherine Heathcote. Heathcote is a woman who wants to know; complex, thoughtful, skilfully plotted, A Place of Execution suggests how unsettling that knowledge can be. --Vicky Lebeau

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'From the first pages, we know we're in the hands of a master this book will earn its author a place in that rare pantheon – the truly literary suspense novel' Jeffrey Deaver

‘Beautifully written … It may be that McDermid will write better novels than this in the future, but I do not see how’ Daily Telegraph

'One of the best detective stories I've read' Ruth Rendell

‘A substantial book and an impressive one, possibly the best McDermid has written and it takes this most accomplished writer into higher territory’ Sunday Telegraph

'A Place of Execution is a wake-up call to crime writers everywhere. A terrific and original novel, brilliantly executed' Mirror


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RIA01M
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 220 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On the surface this is story about a missing girl. George Carter the detective who is obsessed with first ding her and subsequently her murderer is compared more than once to James Stewart, so you suspect he will be triumphant. However, as you read on a sub-plot emerges, viz
the great cigarette scam. It only begins to dawn on the reader after a chapter or two. Cigarettes begin to weevil their way into the narrative, showing their glowing tips on every page. Now on my kindle a page is no more than a couple of paragraphs. They are being lit, inhaled, stubbed out, passed over, losing their ash, slid from the packet, discarded half smoked and any other combination of possibilities you can imagine. I had to work hard with George to keep my mind on the business in hand, as I was much more concerned as to how the next rag was going to appear. I can only assume that either Val McDirmid was experiencing some traumatic phase of her life or more sinister was waging a campaign against the Government's anti smoking campaign. My advice to potential reader is this:if you are trying to stop smoking avoid tis book like the plague.
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Plenty of other reviews here as well as the Amazon blurb have summarised the plot and structure of this book. I'll add that if you're looking for a fast-paced, all-action, littered-with-bodies style novel, then this isn't it. This is slow and detailed, building up a strong sense of character and place, both of which are critical to the plot. The 1960s setting is well-delineated too: people smoking constantly; a red record player; places where it's not possible to get a TV signal - crikey!

There's so much that is very good about this book but I'm afraid the last section set thirty-five years after the main story just didn't hang together for me. It depends on a couple of massive coincidences to bring together the necessary people, and the `solution' felt unconvincing to me for reasons which I can't talk about here without spoiling this for new readers.

So this is a sensitive, thoughtful book with some hard-hitting moments and a sense of righteous anger about it - but while it is very good, it didn't quite make it to 5 stars for me.
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A tense read, just what you would expect from VM. Enjoyed all the twists and turns, and the years between events gave it an added interest.
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A missing girl and a tenacious detective. 35 years later a journalist and the shocking truth is discovered. Great book.
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By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2009
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I was alerted to Val McDermid by praise of her work in PD James's recent book "Talking about Detective Fiction". As someone who enjoys detective fiction I don't know how I've missed out on this author as she is obviously such an accomplished writer. From the first few pages of "A Place of Execution" I was hooked by the narrative drive of the writing and carried along through all of the 600 pages by a roller-coaster of a story with some truly heart-stopping moments of dramatic tension that certainly kept me reading well into the night. A tour de force of a novel.
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Detective Inspector Bennett and his colleague investigates a missing child. They are haunted by not finding her body and the lack of information coming from the close knit community. The plot is good with a final outcome and then a twist of fate and a new outcome.
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In the hidden dales, deception lurks with superb end-plot. Can't tell you any more!!!
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Good read
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