A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands

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by David Crossman
     
 

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RETIRED INTELLIGENCE agent Winston Crisp thought his career of delving into dark, unpleasant secrets was long over. He’d forsaken adventure and settled comfortably into the tiny community on Penobscot Island off the coast of Maine. There, he’s content to write poems no magazine will publish, gossip with the locals around the pot-bellied stove at the… See more details below

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RETIRED INTELLIGENCE agent Winston Crisp thought his career of delving into dark, unpleasant secrets was long over. He’d forsaken adventure and settled comfortably into the tiny community on Penobscot Island off the coast of Maine. There, he’s content to write poems no magazine will publish, gossip with the locals around the pot-bellied stove at the hardware store, and gain weight on his landlady’s homestyle cooking. But when the body of a young woman is found, he just can’t refrain from asking a few questions; how did she end up frozen in the ice of an abandoned quarry? Whose fingerprints are those on her slender neck? What was her relationship with the son of Senator McKinnison? And why is her beautiful face caked with forty-year-old theatrical make-up?

Before long, octogenarian Crisp finds himself caught up in a tangled murder investigation, haunted by a red-headed ghost, and the target of a killer with a strangely twisted mind. His own grip on reality is slipping, and he’s losing his will to keep digging. But he’s determined not to go to his grave with these questions unanswered…

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Editorial Reviews

Tess Gerritsen
"Crossman has created a delightfully unique detective in Winston Crisp. Author and sleuth triumph with panache.:
Nan Lincoln
“As clever as (this) premise is, as satisfactory as the complex plot may be to the mystery buff…it is the peripheral characters that make this book shine. Let’s hope Mr. Crisp and his pals survive the mayhem and entertain us again.”
Staff Reviewer
“Crossman is a skilled mystery writer with a knack for suspense, clues, local color, and a flowing story. His creation, venerable Winston Crisp, is a compelling and likable old fellow whose reappearance in future stories will be warmly received.”
Dana Wilde
"Crossman has clearly mastered the crafting of page-turning stories. His skills are evident in this book."
William David Barry
“The writing is fast-paced and full of enough twists and turns to engage the most avid of mystery readers. Crisp is a delightful, plausible sleuth. I look forward to more Crisp books.” Maine Sunday Telegram

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013760707
Publisher:
Alibi-Folio
Publication date:
01/14/2012
Series:
The Winston Crisp Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
295,060
File size:
1 MB

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