Common Murder (The Lindsay Gordon Series) Audio CD – 1 May 2018
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, LLC; Unabridged edition (1 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664469990
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664469990
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About the Author
Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. Among her awards are the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year for The Mermaids Singing. Her novel A Place of Execution won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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The second in Val McDermid’s series of books featuring investigative journalist Lindsay Gordon. I am a big fan of McDermid but have to admit that Gordon is the least interesting of many of her various characters. Do not really know if it’s because Gordon appears to be a combination of several stereotypes but there is something unreal about the character which is not present in any other character McDermid has created.
A group of female peace campaigners have taken up residence outside a United States Airforce Base in rural England protesting about the nuclear missiles to be placed there. They have a poor relationship with local residents many of whom want the protestors evicted from the site. The leader of the local residents is found murdered and immediately both local and police suspicion is focused on the peace camp.
Gordon is politically sympathetic to the peace campaigners and feels they are easy targets for both the police and the media. Looking into the murder she finds that there is no shortage of individuals who have had difficulties with the murder victim and none of them have anything to do with the peace camp. Tales of financial impropriety, marital affairs, sibling rivalry and sexual discrimination abound. Then the intelligence services stick their oar in.
There are times throughout when Gordon’s ability to get round the police and gain access to key pieces of evidence raises the readers eyebrows. It is hard to imagine an investigative journalist no matter how talented being able to access all the individuals that Gordon does. Granted the book was written some time ago and reflects a time when people’s suspicion of the media and the police was not so much to the fore. You could not imagine it happening today. Perhaps that’s why McDermid moved onto developing other characters?
Entertaining, well-written, likeable and realistic protagonist, but I'm still expecting more from this series.