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Sins of the Flesh by Colleen Mccullough

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An easy read serial killer tale with a huge body count, complicated interlinking relationships and the odd surprise or two in its twists and turns. It runs from 1925 to the late 60s in a small Connecticut town. Fast moving, very predictable with stereo-typical characters, it is not a patch on Thorn Birds, her huge bestseller, but it’s a fun, enjoyable read with surprisingly little gore given the number of deaths, and killers! It stars her series character Captain Carmine Delmonico.

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Sins of the Flesh by Colleen Mccullough

A Captain Carmine Delmonico mystery from the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds. August 1969. Two anonymous male corpses are discovered in the sleepy college town of Holloman, Connecticut. After connecting the emaciated bodies to four other victims, the police realise that Holloman has a psychopathic killer on the loose. Captain Carmine Delmonico's team begins to circle a trio of eccentrics who share family ties, painful memories, and a dark past. Things become even murkier when one of them turns out to be a friend of Sergeant Delia Carstairs. Delia has also recently befriended the head of the local mental hospital, who has been trying to rehabilitate a very difficult patient. When another vicious murder rocks Holloman, Carmine realises that two killers are at large with completely different modus operandi. Suddenly the summer isn't so sleepy anymore...


'Praise for Colleen McCullough: 'Very much in the tradition of P.D. James...McCullough is a tremendous storyteller.'
The Times

'Compelling, passionate and gritty.'

'McCullough piles on the drama.'
Daily Mail

Sunday Telegraph

'Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel.'
Good Book Guide

'This experienced writer knows how to grab attention and keep it.'
Literary Review

'As an artful storyteller, McCullough has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.'
Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

Colleen Mccullough

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neurophysiologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, then worked as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international best-seller. McCullough has also written lyrics for musical theater. She died in January 2015.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014


Colleen Mccullough

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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


336 pages


Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense



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