Harper and Row. 1980. 241 pgs.
Published in the U.K. under the title, The Death of a Favourite Girl, which I like better.
Other books I’ve read by this prolific master of the courtroom drama and police procedure: see my earlier review of Anything For a Quiet Life. I’ve got Black Seraphim on the TBR pile now and I really have to get my hands on his masterpiece: Smallbone Deceased.
No, this is not on the Guardian List (sigh) but something by this brilliant writer should be — especially since there is a crime section!
I just love this sort of writing: snappy, quick-witted and so evocative. A great read with a twist at the end.
Pretty Katie Steelstock has become a British TV star but she still comes home to her country village along the Thames to enjoy an occasional tennis game and dance at the club. Unfortunately, Katie doesn’t come home after this dance — instead her bludgeoned body is discovered along the towpath on the river bank.
Chief Superintendent Charlie Knott descends from London to take the case — and also to look for a stepping stone to his next promotion. It looks like Knott has his suspect — and his promotion — when some unexpected evidence turns up. Seems as though Katie isn’t your typical girl next door done good and there is much, much more to this case than first meets the eye. Enjoy!