- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (3 September 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007102917
- ISBN-13: 978-0007102914
- Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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Unholy Dying Paperback – 3 Sep 2001
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"Barnard never disappoints."
MARCEL BERLINS, THE TIMES
Investigative journalist Cosmo Horrocks is over the moon. This was the juiciest story he's had in years. It seems to have everything: religion – the man was a Catholic priest; sex – he's accused of impropriety with a teenage unmarried mother; money – he's thought to have channelled parish funds in her direction. All the story lacks is mystery – that is until events take a deadly turn leaving Cosmo completely out of his depth.
The parish of St. Catherine's in Shipley is torn apart by the scandal, and by the secretive processes of its investigation which reveal dysfunctional families, shady doings in high places, and the brittle shell that respectability hides itself behind. When the truth is finally learned about Pardoe's supposed sins, and about the murder which they have brought in their wake, both parish and town have the wraps whipped away from their apparently happy and respectable existence.
"The style of writing is smooth – the characters interesting"
SUSIE MAGUIRE, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
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Cosmo heads to the small town to confront the various players such as Julie, Father Pardoe, Julie's estrange parents and brother, and other parishioners. After exposing the priest and the teen, an unknown assailant kills the odious Cosmo. Police Inspector Mike Oddie and Sergeant Charlie Peace begin to investigate the homicide. The only problem is anyone who ever met the disgusting man including his family, his staff on the newspaper, and the impacted people in Shipley have motives to wanting Cosmo dead.
UNHOLY DYING is a great police procedural that shows why Robert Barnard is one of the top mystery writers around. His latest work is fabulous because the quaint cast makes the entertaining police investigation so much more fun to follow. The tabloid journalism that attacks Father Pardoe based on rumor and no substance augments a great plot in which everyone except the police are suspects, but the real killer is in plain sight yet impossible to identify.