Orchestrated Death (Bill Slider Series #1)

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Bill Slider, a middle-aged, straight-arrow London cop, finds his life thrown into passionate disarray by the murder of a mysterious young violinist. The writing is irresistibly clever and heavily laced with the very best puns, many of which work best with an English accent. The character, for instance, who has a cat named Oedipus? To an American, that's not particularly amusing. But take a minute to remember that the Brits pronounce the name with a long e-EE -dipus. The cat, after all, is aptly named, because ...

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Overview

Bill Slider, a middle-aged, straight-arrow London cop, finds his life thrown into passionate disarray by the murder of a mysterious young violinist. The writing is irresistibly clever and heavily laced with the very best puns, many of which work best with an English accent. The character, for instance, who has a cat named Oedipus? To an American, that's not particularly amusing. But take a minute to remember that the Brits pronounce the name with a long e-EE -dipus. The cat, after all, is aptly named, because 'Ee-da-puss wot lives ere.'

An established British author makes "a bravura debut" (New York Times Book Review) in America. When the body of an unidentified woman is found in a run-down flat, London Detective Inspector Bill Slider enters the fray with his characteristically unconventional methods--only to find himself drawn to the key witness . . . and teetering on an emotional precipice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A beleaguered British detective struggles to solve a series of sinister murders in this masterful debut. When a woman is found naked and dead in a vacant apartment in West London, the letter ``T'' carved into one foot, a callus on her neck leads Inspector Bill Slider to identify the victim as a violinist, one Anne-Marie Austen. Although the antipathetic Austen seemed to have no life outside her modest orchestra job, a visit to her dingy bedsit turns up a Stradivarius worth at least a million pounds; other clues lead to a second residence, a luxury penthouse, as well as the extravagant habit of driving to Birmingham just to buy a certain olive oil. As Slider learns that Austen had been pressuring a fellow musician to continue an affair, he himself is drawn to Austen's playing partner, and muddies his marriage and the investigation by beginning a romance with her. Like the other developments here, including more killings, the new relationship rings resoundingly true. And although Harrod-Eagles unabashedly hints at a clue that might settle everything, no one bit of information answers every question. A sophisticated ending whets readers' interest in the further adventures of these strong players. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This British author's first mystery introduces Detective Inspector Bill Slider, taken advantage of at work and pummeled verbally at home by his incompatible spouse. His own dissatisfaction leads Slider to become immersed in solving the murder of a beautiful young violin player. With the help of best friend Sergeant Atherton and the sympathetic ear of newfound true love Joanna, Slider uncovers a far-flung conspiracy. Nicely detailed prose, approachable characters with very human problems, and comforting police procedure quicken the plot and open the door for a sequel. An excellent choice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934609224
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Series: Bill Slider Series, #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 697,516
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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