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Vain hope
Green, Christine.
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First world edition.
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Sutton ; New York : Severn House, 2002.
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250 pages ; 23 cm
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Booklist Review

When chief surgeon Saul Ravenscroft is savagely murdered, the staff and patients of the Harmony Clinic are stunned. Detectives Tom Rydell, Denise Caldecote, and Ram Patel are assigned to the high-profile case. The top suspect is the clinic's PR guru, Carla Robins, who was the beneficiary of Saul's will. When Carla is also killed, it's clear the case is more complex than the police first thought. They're forced to start over again--interviewing suspects, sifting through clues, checking security camera videos--in the kind of slogging, patience-testing, painstaking search for that one missed clue that will break the case open. Then, by sheer coincidence, the killer is found and arrested, not by the three hardworking detectives, but by a traffic cop. Green has concocted an inventive plot with plenty of unexpected twists, and she's done an exceptional job of describing the hard slog of police work. But it's her cast of multidimensional characters, as well as her ability to make them come alive, that is this book's most winning quality. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Following their debut in Angel Fire (Forecasts, Aug. 6, 2001), acting DCI Thomas Rydell and his assistant, Sgt. Denni Caldicote, return in Christine Green's police procedural, Vain Hope. When someone bumps off Saul Ravenscroft, the leading cosmetic surgeon at the Harmony Clinic, the two investigators soon get enmeshed in a host of complications, not least the victim's having carried on an affair with the clinic's steely chief, Carla Robins. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Detective Inspector Thomas Rydell and assistant Denise Caldicote (Fire Angels) investigate the murder of a handsome plastic surgeon at an expensive clinic. The prime suspect is his lover, who believes she's being framed. A pleasant second diversion from the creator of the Kate Kinsella mysteries. For readers of British police procedurals. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.