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The king of social satire with a tale of gruesome murders linked to the new craze of retracing one’s past through the web – Friends Reunited. He writes beautifully, a very clever man. You must try him.
Past Mortem by Ben Elton
With old friends like these, who needs enemies?
It’s a question mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself when, in romantic desperation, he logs on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of ’88 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more.
Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson’s life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, and failing comprehensively to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again. In Past Mortem, Ben Elton – previous winner of The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for Popcorn – delivers both a heart-stopping thriller and a killer comic romance.
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'Fans will love it'
'It's warm-hearted characterisation and deft pacing should make the paperback popular on next summer's beaches'
‘A writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains’
'Engaging and smartly plotted'
'Past Mortem confirms Elton as craftsmanlike, thoughtful and readable. Fans will find plenty to enjoy'
About the Author
Publication date2nd May 2005
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PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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