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Bannister, Jo.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
293 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Bannister revists the town of Castlemere and the town's top detective team made famous in her series. Here, after witnessing a terrible accident, Detective Sergeant Donovan is under suspicion for attempted murder, and the trio must race against time to find the true criminal.

Author Notes

Jo Bannister was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, and resides in County Down, North Ireland. Bannister left school at sixteen and went to work for the County Down Spectator, eventually becoming its editor. She left the paper in 1988 to devote time to writing works of fiction.

Bannister is a noted mystery writer. Detective Chief Inspector Frank Shapiro, Detective Inspector Liz Graham, and Detective Seargent Cal Donovan make up a trio featured in a series of books including A Taste for Burning, Burning Desires, and A Bleeding of Innocents.

Her titles also include Flawed, From Fire and Flood, Closer Still, Fathers and Sins, and Liars All.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The police of Castlemere, England, try desperately to identify the person behind a brutal beating in this brilliantly plotted addition to a reliable British procedural series (A Bleeding of Innocents, etc.). Though common purpose and mutual respect have always bound the disparate personalities of Superintendent Frank Shapiro, Inspector Liz Graham and Sergeant Cal Donovan, that trust and solidarity are severely tested when Donovan's hot pursuit of a petty thief, Mikey Dickens, results in a tragic accident. When evidence of the crime can't be recovered, it appears that Dickens, who is the favorite son of the paterfamilias of the largest criminal group in Castlemere, may skate. A missing gun, a vacillating eyewitness, a near-fatal attack and Donovan's fiery temper combine to shift suspicion from Dickens to Donovan. Is Donovan the subject of an elaborate frame? Or have temper and provocation driven him to betray his calling and administer "justice" on his own? Bannister's craft and subtlety (even the title has hidden depths) keeps the solution well hidden while she steadily ratchets up the tension in this gratifying drama. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Detective Sergeant Cal Donovan interrupts a burglary in progress, witnesses a subsequent spectacular accident, then falls under suspicion for attempted murder. His Castelmere mates (No Birds Sing, St. Martin's, 1996) rush to find the true culprit. A solid British procedural from a seasoned veteran. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.