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The naked body of a young woman is found hanging from a tree on a London roadside. Scrawled across her back are the words "DIRTY GIRL." Detective Stella Mooney is faced with a murder as baffling as it is chilling. With no means to identify the victim and no apparent motive, the case is blocked, until a man is found on a bench by the river, his throat cut back to the vertebrae. And, as before, the killer has left a trademark comment: "FILTHY COWARD." Stella and her team can see there's a connection--but what? One victim is a young girl, maybe one of the hookers who work the Strip; the other, a researcher for a prominent and controversial member of Parliament. More evidence is needed. And soon enough it comes: another death; another message....
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David Lawrence, in addition to being a talented novelist, is also an acclaimed poet and highly successful scriptwriter. He won the coveted Forward prize for his poetry in 2005 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2000. Down Into Darkness is his fourth novel in the Detective Stella Mooney series. His previous titles, The Dead Sit Round in a Ring, Nothing Like the Night, and Cold Kill, have received widespread rave reviews. He lives in southwest London.Review:
Unanimous Acclaim for David Lawrence "Rough dialogue, intricate plotting, and cascading suspense...Readers are sure to want to see more of the memorable Stella."- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Dead Sit Round in a Ring "Outstanding...highly recommended."- Library Journal (starred review) on Cold Kill "Unique...Lawrence's stylish, intelligent prose and complex characters mark him as a rising star."- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Nothing Like the Night "Lawrence, a published poet, writes with a delicacy and restraint rare in the genre.... That's a voice you want to hear again."- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on The Dead Sit Round in a Ring "Fluently written, imaginative, tightly paced, and drenched in Zeitgeist. In the combination of police procedural, sociology, and hard-boiled lyricism, Lawrence recalls Ed McBain."- The Independent (UK) on Down into Darkness "Striking...earns pride of place deep in the darkest circle of noir, down past Ian Rankin and John Harvey to the shadows where lurk Ken Bruen and Derek Raymond."- Booklist (starred review) on The Dead Sit Round in a Ring "Deserves more recognition from American readers who have taken up Ian Rankin and Ken Bruen. Think Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. This book should be on every mystery lover's reading list."- Rocky Mountain News (Grade A) on Cold Kill
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1410405966