Prospect of Death

Prospect of Death

by Margaret Duffy
     
 

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Detective Inspector James Carrick, of the gorgeous blue eyes, has cost Joanna Mackenzie a fulfilling career with the Bath Police Department. Yet when the Scotsman is found unconscious at the wheel of his crashed car on Burns Night, a riotous Scottish holiday celebrating poet Robbie Burns's birthday, and looks to be charged with drunk driving - a charge that will…  See more details below

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Detective Inspector James Carrick, of the gorgeous blue eyes, has cost Joanna Mackenzie a fulfilling career with the Bath Police Department. Yet when the Scotsman is found unconscious at the wheel of his crashed car on Burns Night, a riotous Scottish holiday celebrating poet Robbie Burns's birthday, and looks to be charged with drunk driving - a charge that will destroy his career - Joanna cannot just leave her lover to his fate. Now a private detective, Joanna employs all her resources to help Carrick regain his memory and determine why he even got into his car that fateful night. After all, he had planned to spend the night at the Crawford Hotel where the Burns Night celebration was taking place. In the course of their investigation, Joanna and Carrick meet Patrick Gillard of Rook-Shoot (also by Margaret Duffy), an ex-M15 agent bored with his vacation and more than happy to involve himself, not only in the Burns Night investigation, but also in that of the next day's murder of a local TV producer, Marvin Gilcrist. Gilcrist, an inveterate womanizer, loved to dabble in controversy, and his hard-hitting films were bound to have made him enemies. But does his murder have any connection to Carrick's mysterious car accident? It is up to Joanna, with a little help from Patrick Gillard and Carrick himself, to untangle what rapidly becomes a very complex web indeed.

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Inspector James Carrick of the Bath police (Dressed to Kill, 1994, etc.) is in a spot of trouble: Found unconscious behind the wheel of his car after a Burns Night gala at the local hotel, he's confused and tests over the limit for a drink. But he has no memory of what happened: Instead of retiring to his hotel room after ably reciting Tam O'Shanter at the dinner, why did he get into his car—to do what—go where? Is there some connection to the brutal murder of movie producer Marvin Gilcrist, whose body was discovered nearby on the following day? Carrick is soon out of hospital, memory still dysfunctional but at work on the Gilcrist murder with his unsympathetic superior, Terrington of Wemdale precinct, whose trumped-up evidence in a case of child murder was the subject of Gilcrist's best known film. Meanwhile, Carrick's p.i. girlfriend, Joanna Mackenzie, and the local rector's son, Patrick Gillard (Rook-Shoot, 1991, etc.), a government agent in the James Bond mold, are working to find out what really happened on the fateful night. Gilcrist's estranged wife Amanda and her latest toy boy come under suspicion, as do others, but the answer to Gilcrist's murder lies in Wemdale, whose police brass were to be the subject of the next exposé, and where Carrick's first visit almost proves to be his last—anywhere. There's yet another corpse to surface—this one tied to the explanation of Carrick's concussion and sudden hotel departure.

Too many plotlines, corpses, beatings, and detectives in an overrich brew made readable only by the author's graceful style and command of local color.

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ISBN-13:
9780312143961
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.86(d)

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