The fifth in David Williams's popular series featuring Chief Inspector Merlin Parry: a teasing whodunit, with all Williams's hallmarks -- stylish writing, wit and a totally unexpected solution. Freddy Gibbon was a blackmailer, drug peddler, thief and bully. An accomplished juvenile crook, in the sense that he had never been caught, he looked forward to a widening and profitable career in the blacker arts while still an eighteen-year-old schoolboy studying for A levels -- albeit without the least desire to gain any: but there was a dark reason for that too. So when Freddy's naked body is discovered in the snow-covered basement area of Modlen College, a private sixth form crammer in the country near Cardiff, there is more secret joy than open sorrow amongst the group of pupils, teachers and servants who have reason to be relieved at his passing. But deciding which of their number might have brought that passing about is the question eventually presented to Chief Inspector Merlin Parry and Sergeant Gomer Lloyd. Because what first looked like suicide is adjudged by the pathologist to have been a well-organized murder.
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David Williams is a Welshman and was educated at Oxford, where he took a history degree. After service as a naval officer he ran a large London advertising agency before becoming a full-time writer in 1978.From AudioFile:
This mystery features the apparent suicide of an 18-year-old student who turns out to have been a drug dealer, a blackmailer (of pedophiles and homosexuals)--and a murder victim rather than a suicide. Chief Inspector Merlin Parry and his staff of the South Wales CID investigate. In this complex story, each of the investigators is a fully developed character, interesting in his or her own right. Narrator Siôn Probert is either a native Welshman or a master of Welsh speech patterns. The listener may experience some difficulty understanding some of the accents early on. But the accents and speech patterns become more familiar and soothing as the tale unfolds. We come to recognize each of the voices. Listeners are amply rewarded. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006512143
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