Conferences Are Murder (Lindsay Gordon Series #4)

Conferences Are Murder (Lindsay Gordon Series #4)

by Val McDermid
     
 

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4th Lindsay Gordon Mystery

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Lindsay Gordon (Report for Murder, 1998, etc.), a Scottish teacher of journalism now based in California, has returned to Sheffield, England, to attend a journalists' conference concerned mostly with the business of unions. There's much to remind Lindsay of a conference in Blackpool nine years before—soon after the death from cancer of her lover Frances Collier. At that meeting Lindsay's friend and fellow editor Ian Ross had died in an auto accident soon after his breakup with longtime mistress Laura Craig, who's in attendance at Sheffield now—chic and sharp-tongued as ever. Lindsay's more at ease after the arrival of Dr. Sophie Harley, her latest lover, who's to give a lecture. The entire assemblage is intrigued by the appearance every night of a gossipy newsletter that, among other things, accuses Laura of being a spy for anti-union forces and accuses Tom (Union) Jack, General Secretary of the Amalgated Union of Media Workers, of skimming union funds. All this takes a backseat when Lindsay, returning to her room one night, discovers her window smashed and the body of Tom Jack on the ground ten floors below. With Lindsay a prime suspect but not yet charged, Lindsay and Sophie proceed to play detective, using endless questions, hypnosis, break-ins, the study of secret documents, etc. Their mostly dull, repetitive moves do finally pin down the killer and even uncover the author of the infamous newsletter. Long on talk, short on suspense: McDermid's fuzzy plot and the uninspired characters fall far short of some of her previous efforts. .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932859096
Publisher:
Bywater Books MI
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Lindsay Gordon Series, #4
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy on the east coast of Scotland, then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland.

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