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Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Talking to the Dead

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Welcome to the world of D.C. Fiona Griffiths. This new pacey, compelling series, set in Cardiff, is told purely from the point of view of Fiona – seriously good detective but with a shed load of issues and haunted by her own dark past. In this opening book a brutal murder of a mother and child, that on the surface looks like an open and shut case, leads to a much darker mystery. We know Harry has already written more in this series which we can’t wait to read when they are published.

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Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

For rookie detective constable Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation into Cardiff's dark underbelly. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. For her fellow cops, it's just another case of a low-rent prostitute meeting the wrong kind of client and coming to a nasty end, but Fiona is convinced that the tragic lives and cruel deaths of this mother and daughter are part of a deeper, darker mystery. Fiona, however, has secrets of her own. She is still recovering from a crushing psychological breakdown, and the feelings which haunt her are constantly threatening to undermine the mask of normality she has learned to wear. As she begins to piece together a bizarre and terrifying conspiracy, Fiona finds that what makes her vulnerable also gives her a unique insight into the secrets of the dead, and in solving the murders of Janet and April Mancini she can begin to start solving the riddles of her own past.


Bingham has gotten inside the mind of his clever, neurotic heroine so well as to make her seem entirely credible... An interesting, unusual and in some ways even moving crime novel. LITERARY REVIEW 20120801 This cleverly plotted police procedural introduces a likeable, maverick detective destined for a bestseller following. CHOICE 20120701 A cracking, well-executed debut. PETERBROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 20120616 If you're looking for a punchy narrative based in good old Wales where Newport isn't Newport Rhode Island - for once - and seeking a multi layered protagonist in DC Fiona Griffiths then this is the book for you. I for one can't wait to see what Bingham comes up with next for Griffiths! MILORAMBLES.COM 20120621 The book is beautifully written. It's a tour de force, and for me the book of the year so far, without question. The plot is plausible without being predictable, and the dialogue is terse and smart as a tack. The book ends with one final, rather sweet, surprise, but as Fi's efforts to unravel the mystery gather pace, the standard elements of the action thriller are handled expertly. Make no mistake - this is much, much more than a crime thriller. Talking to the Dead is first and foremost the tale of a courageous, vulnerable, slightly crazy, but compassionate and intelligent young woman who is trying to succeed in a pedestrian and procedure-dominated organisation. CRIME FICTION LOVER 20120623 This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the charactar of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written -- Stephen Lewis YORK PRESS 20120721 TALKING TO THE DEAD is an innovative book that tackles the crime novel from a different angle. That is to be applauded and I am sure that Griffiths is certainly a detective that will appeal to many readers of the crime genre. Exceptional. -- Chris Simmons CRIMESQUAD 20120801 The mystery-thriller genre is already so staffed with masterminds that it's hard to make room for yet another. But along comes a book like TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Harry Bingham, and suddenly an unadvertised opening is filled...has the feel of something fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another. NY DAILY NEWS Bingham renders a sympathetic heroine and a crackerjack mystery. Happily for readers, he's already working on the next series installment. BOOKLIST The promising first installment in a new series, this book is so good it has you wondering who should play Fiona on the big screen. KIRKUS REVIEWS Fans of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander will cotton to the heroine of British author Bingham's highly entertaining U.S. debut...An insightful look at a damaged unusual woman trying to fit...enhance the brisk, realistic plot. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY With Detective Constable Fiona Fi Grffiths, Harry Bingham finds a sweet spot in crime fiction - a female protagonist with stunted emotions, a passion for protecting women (think Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander), outsider status (think Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan), sheer guts, and an unstoppable drive to follow her own instincts even when it means breaking every rule in the book (think Lee Childs's Jack Reacher) [...] The writing is terrific, just literary enough to make you catch your breath but not so eye-catching that it detracts from the storytelling BOSTON GLOBE This is realism and social commentary immersed in a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year USA Today

About the Author

Harry Bingham

Harry Bingham is a successful author as well as running The Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for first-time writers, and organising the York Festival of Writing. He lives near Oxford.

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21st June 2012


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


384 pages


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