- Hardcover: 442 pages
- Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568958838
- ISBN-13: 978-1568958835
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 14.8 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
The Remorseful Day (Wheeler Hardcover) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jun 2000
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As o'er now thou lean'st thy breast, With launder'd bodice crisply pressed, Lief I'd prolong my grievous ill-Wert thou my guardian angel still (Edmund Raikes, 1537-65, The Nurse).
So begins the final case of Chief Inspector Morse's career. Yvonne Harrison, a married, middle-aged nurse with a penchant for S&M, is found in her bedroom naked, handcuffed, gagged and bludgeoned to death. Despite the blitzkrieg of media coverage the killing creates in the quiet village in Oxfordshire (including the enlistment of two psychics and a hypnotist), after one year, the Thames Valley CID are still stumped. That is, until two disturbing phone calls reveal new evidence and force the feisty Inspector out of furlough. Although Morse's partner, Sergeant Lewis, is accustomed to the old sleuth's numerous idiosyncrasies, the Inspector's refusal to lead the re-investigation comes as a surprise. What's more, the Sergeant learns that not only is Morse secretly conducting his own investigation, but that Harrison and he share a "friendly" past. Is the Inspector hiding evidence? Is his behaviour of late connected with a recently diagnosed ailment?
It is fitting that the story in which the long-suffering Sergeant Lewis shows the most independence of mind be read by his TV incarnation, Kevin Whatley. Fans of the TV programmes will immediately feel at ease with Whatley's gentle and unintrusive Geordie tones. Although he is most recognisable as Lewis, Whatley makes a convincing Morse and his voice also lifts easily to find the female characters. The Remorseful Day is an engrossing final chapter very well told. Believable and perplexing to the last, this is a fitting farewell to an outstanding series and a sharp salute to a beloved crime-fighting curmudgeon. --Running time 3 hours--Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Fascinating . . . Memorable . . . [A] sweetly rueful conclusion to a revered series."
--The Washington Post Book World
--The New York Times Book Review "THE PLOT IS FLAMBOYANTLY CLEVER: even the most minor characters are bizarre and intriguing. Long after his swan song, Morse will be missed."
--Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Throughout the years, Morse has always consumed way too much alcohol and tobacco for his own good, while lying to his doctors and to everyone else about his bad habits. But inevitably, those bad habits are catching up with him and even though his health has taken a decided turn for the worse, he refuses to make any real concessions to his health problems.
As this book opens, Morse is on a temporary leave, resting up, when his boss, Superintendent Strange, asks him to take on a new case, or an old one, actually. A year earlier, a woman named Yvonnne Harrison was found murdered in her home, naked and handcuffed in her bed. Mrs. Harrison was reputed to be a woman of interesting sexual habits, but all of the obvious suspects, including Mr. Harrison, seemed to have iron-clad alibis, and the original investigation got nowhere.
But now, Strange tells Morse that he has received two anonymous phone calls with new leads in the case and he wants Morse, his most brilliant investigator, to take it over. Morse is almost always keen to take on a complicated case, but in this instance he refuses, claiming that his health is bad and that he's not interested in the case.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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