Another classic crime novel featuring Cornwall's Superintendent Wycliffe.
The girl was young, with auburn hair arranged on the pillow. Wycliffe could almost believe she was asleep - that is, until he saw her face. She had been strangled, and someone had brutally smashed her face - but after death, not before... She lay in a seedy hotel room down by the docks, but her luggage, her clothes and her make-up all suggested she had more class than her surroundings.
Superintendent Wycliffe was officially on holiday, but the case fascinated him. Who was the girl? Why was she lying naked in a shabby hotel room? What was she doing with a thousand pounds hidden underneath some clothing? And, above all, why had someone mutilated her after she was dead?
As Wycliffe begins to investigate, he finds there are too many suspects, too many motives - and too many lies . . .
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W.J. Burley lived near Newquay in Cornwall, and was a schoolmaster until he retired to concentrate on his writing. His many Wycliffe novels were extremely popular and were adapted for a highly successful TV series starring Jack Shepherd. W.J. Burley died in 2002.Review:
“Whenever a character comes back as many times as Chief Superintendent Wycliffe, a reviewer is faced with a dilemma: What can you say that you haven’t already said? We called attention to Burley’s solid plotting, well-described and colorful settings, and intriguing characters...Finally, we have no choice but to repeat ourselves by emphasizing one more time how pleasurable the familiar conventions of the genre can be in the hands of a writer as good as Burley.” —Booklist
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Book Description Walker & Co, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802730302
Book Description Walker & Co. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0802730302 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.2018249