Dying Fall

High summer in Bradfield: an oppressive heat blankets the Heights estate; adding to the tension already gripping the high-rise blocks and walkways. Joy-riding is on the increase, with bored youths tearing around the residential streets in races everyone knew would end in tragedy. But the young car thieves are not the only problem facing an increasingly beleaguered police force. Laura Ackroyd, a reporter for the local paper covering the problems in the Heights, is investigating a decade-old murder conviction now in doubt, and soon begins to notice disturbing links between present and past... In a mystery which embraces deceit, fraud and torn loyalties, Patricia Hall skilfully reveals a plot of dazzling ingenuity and suspense.

"A thorough and well-written novel, with believable characters and a hard-to-solve mystery." Sunday Telegraph "Welcome to no-nonsense journalist Laura Ackroyd and her social conscience. A strong contemporary plot... Highly commended." The Observer "Hall is good and getting better." Booklist "Patricia Hall can horrify the reader with a simply written, yet shocking and wholly unexpected sentence." Liverpool Daily Post

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