Without Trace

Without Trace

by Katherine John
     
 

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In the chilly half-light of dawn a bizarre pierrot figure waits in the shadows of a deserted stretch of motorway. The costumed hitchhiker’s victim is a passing motorist. The murder, cold-blooded, brutal. Without motive.

Doctors at the local hospital Tim and Daisy Sherringham are blissfully happy. The perfect couple.

When an emergency call rouses Tim

Overview

In the chilly half-light of dawn a bizarre pierrot figure waits in the shadows of a deserted stretch of motorway. The costumed hitchhiker’s victim is a passing motorist. The murder, cold-blooded, brutal. Without motive.

Doctors at the local hospital Tim and Daisy Sherringham are blissfully happy. The perfect couple.

When an emergency call rouses Tim early one morning, he vanishes on the way from their flat to the hospital and Daisy is plunged into a nightmare of terror and doubt . . .

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times

So intriguing . . . cleverly woven together and tensely written

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Billed as a medical thriller, this generally well-written debut set in England is undone by an almost hysterical plot. Things begin prosaically enough, when Dr. Tim Sherringham is called away in the middle of the night to deliver a baby. When he subsequently goes missing, his wife, Daisy, also a doctor, calls in the police. They find two headless and handless bodies along Sherringham's route to the hospital and hear reports of a man in a pierrot costume in the vicinity at the time when the murders must have occurred. Neither of the bodies turns out to be Tim's. Suspense builds as Daisy waits for her husband's body to be found and the detectives, the gentle Trevor Joseph and the misanthropic Peter Collins, puzzle out the significance of the clown and several other missing-persons cases. John creates a sinister atmosphere, especially in scenes taking place at a crumbling seaside pier, and she clearly knows her way around a hospital. But those assets don't entirely make up for some overly lurid descriptions, a conclusion that tardily details the past and the implausibilities of the far-fetched plot. (Aug.)
Library Journal
First novelist John attempts-with varying degrees of success-to amalgamate the best elements of a medical thriller and police procedural. Newlywed Dr. Daisy Sherringham, whose doctor husband is missing, suffers premonitory nightmares that incite police suspicion; however, sympathetic detective Trevor Joseph-a "hero" from a female author-acts as a buffer. The discovery of mutilated bodies beside the local motorway tips the balance. Before the story ends, pilfered drugs, murderous mimes, secret love affairs, and medical improprieties inundate the reader. This surfeit of subplots, the shaky premise, and weak supporting characters sabotage an otherwise ambitious debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905170265
Publisher:
Accent Press, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Katherine John is privileged to have published 9 crime books including a Quick Read, The Corpse’s Tale by Accent Press in English and translation.

In total she has published 40 novels (21 historical as Catrin Collier, 3 raunchy as Caro French, 3 novelisations of TV series as Katherine Hardy, 2 as K A John and 1 as K C Watkins). She also had three stage plays professionally produced before she began writing novels.Her first Catrin Collier Novel, Hearts of Gold was filmed and shown by BBC worldwide.

She frequently gives talks, lectures and participates in Radio/TV Arts/Documentary Programmes (BBC, ITV, local and commercial radio stations, S4C and more)

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