The dead hand of history

Sally Spencer

Book - 2009

On Monika's first day in the new job, a severed female hand is dicovered on the riverbank. Only hours into the case, she finds she can no longer trust her colleagues-- or even herself.

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Sutton : Severn House 2009.
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Sally Spencer (-)
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235 p. : 23 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Spencer elevates Monika Paniatowski, the protege of Det. Chief Insp. Charlie Woodend (A Dying Fall, etc.), to center stage in this pedestrian police procedural set in 1973 Lancashire. On her first day as Woodend's successor, Paniatowski faces a misogynistic sergeant with an axe to grind and visits the site of a grisly discovery-a bag containing a severed human hand. After another hand turns up and proves to be that of baker Tom Whittington, the police figure out the first hand belongs to Linda Szymborska, Whittington's managing director at the bakery, with whom he was having an affair. Szymborska's husband is the obvious suspect, but Paniatowski hesitates to arrest him, opening herself to charges of bias due to their shared Polish background. Readers should be prepared for stock characters-the single mother trying to succeed in a man's world, her subordinate determined to undermine her-and a routine plot. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

In her first case as a newly promoted DCI (yes, Charlie Woodend has retired), Monika Paniatowski must prove herself to those she works with and solve a particularly difficult crime involving a pair of severed hands. VERDICT The Woodend series (Sins of the Fathers; Fatal Quest) has always been one of the best British police procedurals around. Now Spencer has taken up a new series with Paniatowski in the lead, and she proves again that she is in the league with Peter Turnbull and Lynda La Plante. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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