Signed first US edition/first impression of Maitland's 6th Kolla and Brock crime novel. Maitland, whose real career started in architecture, centers his mysteries on intellectual, scholarly or arcane special knowledge that makes this series particularly enjoyable. The Verge Practice finds the author on familiar territory as the plot focuses on a high profile intrenational architectural firm. Signed directly to title page. Bookseller Inventory # 0910080011
Synopsis: Months after a celebrated architect disappears, leaving behind a dead wife and a pregnant daughter, Detective Chief Inspector Brock pursues leads in scenic Barcelona, the British countryside, and their native London, uncovering suspicious clues that point to corruption and international rivals. By the author of The Marx Sisters. 10,000 first printing.
From Publishers Weekly:
It's hard to call Det. Sgt. Kathy Kolla and Chief Insp. Brock a team, since they work independently and don't often communicate, yet their sleuthing is smooth and efficient as they hunt down the killer of a prominent architect's wife in the latest in Maitland's sophisticated series (The Malcontenta, etc.). Charles Verge, owner of the London practice bearing his name, has suddenly gone missing, putting him under immediate suspicion of doing in his ambitious wife just before plans are unveiled for a controversial new prison. The police also focus on the activities of rival architect Sandy Clarke, until he too is found dead, an apparent suicide leaving a dubious "confession" on his computer screen. Kathy does most of the legwork in this intensive search, going first to the north of England and then to Barcelona where Charles may have been sighted, while Brock is back at headquarters in London directing an inquiry into the firm's shady finances. Maitland, himself an architect, provides vivid insight into the dog-eat-dog world of designing government buildings and also shows us the "nasty end of police business," in the modern forensics lab complete with high-tech gadgetry. Eventually, the pieces of the puzzle fit together in a grisly and unsettling resolution.
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Title: The Verge Practice: A Kathy and Brock ...
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Arcade Publishing, New York, 2003. Red and Ocre Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 314 pages. Gold lettering on the spine. Dust jacket is protected in Brodart. A fine, unread, copy of this Kathy and Brock mystery, signed by the author on an Orion Publishing Group label stuck to the half title page. Size: 6 x 9.5. Signed. Mystery. Seller Inventory # 007530
Book Description Arcade Publishing, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 314p. Original cloth-backed boards with gilt lettering. A flawless first American printing in dustwrapper signed by the authoron the title page. Maitland's seventh novel featuring Brock and Kolla. The work was first published in Australia by Allen & Unwin but only in paperback. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 27508