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Synopsis: Acclaimed author Jill McGown has a dazzling way with words, creating characters and stories both rich and dark, complex and powerful. Now, in her new ingeniously plotted novel of suspense, honest greed is the basis for a thoroughly bizarre marriage . . . and vicious murder.
East Midlands farmer Bernard Bailey, a violent man with a brutal temper, stands to pocket a hefty inheritance if he fathers a male child. After destroying one wife to achieve this end, Bailey turns his next marriage into a twisted business arrangement. If his new spouse produces a son, she will be paid handsomely for her trouble. But the real trouble is just beginning.
After six months of receiving highly publicized death threats, and having a state-of-the-art security system installed on his property, Bailey becomes just another statistic--a bloodied corpse discarded on his secluded farm. This gruesome homicide launches Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and Detective Inspector Judy Hill into one of the most unusual investigations of their careers. The question is not "Who stands to gain from his death?" but "Why wasn't the monster killed sooner?" For Bailey aroused strong, murderous passions in just about everyone in Bartonshire, from the abused daughter of his first marriage to his second wife's clandestine lover. But beneath the obvious lies a labyrinth of deceit--and the shocking truth lies deeper still.
Picture of Innocence is a mesmerizing masterpiece of psychological puzzle-solving--Jill McGown's best novel yet.
Review: Balancing the personal and the professional side of an ongoing relationship has always been one of the hardest tricks to pull off in a mystery series. Nobody does it better then Jill McGown, whose books about Welsh police officers Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd (like Morse, he never uses his first name) and Detective Inspector Judy Hill deserve much more attention than they've received so far. "They were in her flat, which was highly unusual, but it had been the only way he was going to get to see her watch herself on television for the first time," McGown writes in a typically terse moment of revelation. "He resisted coming to her flat very often; it seemed to him to be sanctioning their private lives. But she had refused point-blank to come home with him this evening, so he had turned up here just before her debut, relieving her of the remote control as she had threatened to turn off the TV." When the brutal owner of a large farm gets death threats and then is murdered, suspicion naturally centers on his gorgeous young wife--who married him strictly for the money she would get if she bore him a son. But the dead man's abused daughter has plenty of motive, and a rising TV interviewer who seems intent on ruining Lloyd's career is also a likely suspect. Two other Lloyd and Hill books available in paperback: Murder...Now and Then and Murder at the Old Vicarage. --Dick Adler
Title: Picture of Innocence
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1998. Book Condition: Good. 1st American ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88124051
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1998. Book Condition: Fair. 1st American ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93334856
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1998. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st American ed. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71739085
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0449002500I3N00
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0449002500I3N01
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0449002500I3N00
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0449002500I3N10
Book Description Ballantine Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2810789781
Book Description Book Condition: Acceptable. An acceptable and readable copy. All pages are intact, and the spine and cover are also intact. Bookseller Inventory # 467EJX001860
Book Description Fawcett Books, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First American Edition. This Stated First Edition book is in very good condition. The binding is tight and pages are clean. It appears to have had little use. It is an ex-library book and the 1st page has 2 stamps. There is 1 stamp on the title page. The dust jacket is in very good condition with bumps and scuffs. The dust jacket is protected with a removable mylar jacket (Gaylord/Brodart cover). There is a library sticker on the mylar jacket at the bottom left and on the spine. There is a stamp on the top page ends only visible from the outside. Excellent copy!. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 004706