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Death of a Murderer

by Rupert Thomson

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007.

Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment:
"An exquisitely written ghost story - morally subtle, psychologically involving and exactly crafted."

Death of a Murderer Synopsis

In November 2002, police constable Billy Tyler is summoned to the mortuary of a hospital in Suffolk. For the next twelve hours, from seven in the evening till seven in the morning, he is responsible for guarding the body of the notorious child-killer Myra Hindley. In the face of public hostility and media frenzy, Billy’s job, as his superior puts it, is to ‘make sure nothing happens'.
Billy’s approach is utterly professional, but as the night wears on, in the eerie silence of the hospital, the dead woman's presence begins to assert itself, and Billy’s own problems and anxieties - a stalled career, a fractious marriage, a disabled daughter — gradually acquire a new and unexpected significance.

Death of a Murderer Press Reviews

'Rupert Thomson reaches the summit of his powers with his new book Death of a Murderer, a novel of beautiful moral complexity. We thought we knew Myra Hindley, and were done with her, but Thomson brings a fresh awareness of life and death to the matter, and shows, in the goodness of the telling, a wealth of the novelist's art.' — Andrew O'Hagan

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ISBN: 9780747592679
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780747588047
Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747588047
Publication date: 2nd April 2007
Author: Rupert Thomson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,

About Rupert Thomson

Born on the south coast of England in 1955, Rupert Thomson was educated at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen he won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Medieval History and Political Thought. In his twenties, he spent four years working as a copywriter in London, but in 1982 he moved to Italy where he started work on a novel. Dreams of Leaving was published in 1987, and was hailed in the Times as 'extraordinarily elegant, evocative and funny', while the New Statesman wrote: 'When someone writes as well as Thomson does, it makes you wonder why other people ...

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