A Death of Distinction (A Gil Mayo Mystery)

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Gil Mayo is just getting used to his new role as detective superintendent when he is faced with solving the violent murder of Jack Lilburne. Lilburne, who had spent a long and distinguished career in the Prison Service, was reputed to be a just and humane Governor of Conyhall Young Offender's Institution. But not everyone believes he deserved the honor and respect universally given to him. At least one of the young criminals who had been under his care had sworn vengeance for his imprisonment. However, when a ...
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Gil Mayo is just getting used to his new role as detective superintendent when he is faced with solving the violent murder of Jack Lilburne. Lilburne, who had spent a long and distinguished career in the Prison Service, was reputed to be a just and humane Governor of Conyhall Young Offender's Institution. But not everyone believes he deserved the honor and respect universally given to him. At least one of the young criminals who had been under his care had sworn vengeance for his imprisonment. However, when a second murder occurs, Mayo and his partner, Abigail Moon, soon discover that there are others who cannot be ruled out as suspects.
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Police detective Gil Mayo (An Accidental Shroud, 1997, etc.), based in the Midlands town of Lavenstock, has just been promoted to Detective Superintendent. Lavenstock is home to the Conyhall Young Offenders' Institution, and nearby is the rambling country house of Jack Lilburne, its highly respected Governor, his garden-fixated wife Dorthea, and their nubile daughter Flora. When Jack is killedþand Flora injuredþby a bomb placed under his car, Mayo heads the investigation. It centers, at first, on the inmates at the Institution, especially on Derek Davis, now on release but known to have threatened Lilburne. Flora, slowly recovering in the hospital, has drawn the adoring attention of operating room technician Marc Daventry. Marc's recent life has been obsessed with finding the mother who'd given him up for adoption to parents now dead. He has accidentally succeeded in that missionþthrough stolid Avril Kitchinþeven as Mayo and his staff are exploring leads from Davis and are beginning to uncover the secrets of 20 years past that will lead to the killer, though not in time to stop another murder. Heavily focused on the psychological aspects of the story's well-drawn charactersþeven those peripherally involvedþbut Eccles's lucid narrative and tension-building skills provide an intriguing outing for procedural fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750510219
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Gil Mayo Mystery Series, #8
  • Pages: 337

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