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Title: Remorseful Day <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Colin Dexter <>Publisher: PAN
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There's something about the character that attracts the reader. Most of Morse's most prevalent foibles, and the most notable events from his past, are brought in here. The parallels with A. E. Housman are there - an old and clever man, who never married, who failed his degree (at St. John's College, Oxford - see 'The Riddle of the Third Mile') and who finds the sight of blood and death one that is sickening and saddening. There is even a quotation from Housman as an epigraph for the book, whence Dexter got the title of this, the final mystery.
This was probably the longest of all Morse novels, yet it sustains the reader's interest, primarily because we want to see what happens to Morse. For the Morse novels have never really been about solving crime, have they? They're about the character.
The television adaptation was good too, especially when Morse (John Thaw) recited the Housman lines to Lewis. One of those lump-in-the-throat moments.
A gruff and uncompromising man of unquestioned integrity and honesty, Morse is a music buff with a love for literature and syntax, a man who frequently corrects the grammatical errors of Sgt. Lewis, his loyal, hard-working, and less educated assistant. Suffering from "indigestion" and diabetes, Morse blithely ignores the dietary regimen recommended by his doctors, experimenting with his insulin dosage while continuing to indulge his love of scotch whisky, both at home and in local pubs, where he and the tee-totalling Lewis often conduct their interviews.
In this case, Morse surprises Sgt. Lewis by being less than enthusiastic about investigating a "cold case," a murder the previous year of a nurse, Yvonne Harrison, who was found handcuffed, gagged, and nude in her bed. Morse knew Yvonne when he himself was hospitalized, and Sgt. Lewis begins to suspect, for the first time ever, that Morse may be hiding information about the case, for his own reasons.Read more ›
The first victim is an elderly university professor who is the client of a young prostitute. This girl has left home to get away from her abusive stepfather, who was also supplying drugs to students at the university where he worked as a porter on the same landing as the first victim. And so this circle continues , taking in side plots and lots of twists and turns, until sometimes I had to rewind the tape in order to try to understand what was going on, and the relationship between the different characters which became blurred at times. The end, when it finally came, in more ways
than one, was something of an anticlimax and for real fans of the Morse stories, a bit unbelievable. Colin Dexter probably felt that it was time to kill off his hero but I couldn't help feeling that the laconic, no-nonsense, intelligent Morse would rather have gone with a pint of real ale in his hand, or be written off in his red Jaguar.
The other comment I have about this tape is, that although Kevin Whately's reading is excellent, it is really difficult to get used to Morse's character with his strong accent. I am so used to John Thaw playing Morse on television and that is the voice I expect, or at least one with a soft southern accent,and when Morse says something with a Newcastle accent, albeit softened, it just doesn,t fit the bill.
All in all a bit of a disappointment, but it won't deter me from listening to other Inspector Morse books.
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Great addition to the DVD already ordered. No complaints with item or servicePublished 20 months ago by Gillian Margaret Sharman
This has to be one of the worst police-procedure-detective novels I have read for some time. It attempts to straddle genres between a country-pubs and vicars on bicycles Miss... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2007 by Caterkiller
As he brings his thirteen-volume Inspector Morse series (and his own writing career) to a poignant close with this 1999 novel, author Colin Dexter selects the title of this final... Read morePublished on 27 April 2006 by Mary Whipple
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