Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Pg. 99: Martin Edwards' "Waterloo Sunset"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Martin Edwards' Waterloo Sunset.

About the book, from the publisher:
A notice announcing that Harry Devlin died suddenly on Midsummer’s Eve arrives at the office of his law firm one June day. Harry isn’t happy to read it – especially as Midsummer’s Eve is less than a week away. His partner Jim Crusoe treats the message as a joke, but Harry isn’t so sure. From that moment on, his world starts to fall apart. Who is his unknown enemy? The list of people who might want rid of him lengthens, and soon someone close to him is savagely attacked and left for dead. Meanwhile, young women are being murdered in Harry’s home city of Liverpool. When a friend who has asked to meet him becomes the latest victim, Harry is dragged into the investigation and becomes a suspect. He finds himself fighting for survival on two fronts. But even as he unravels the shocking secret behind the murders, the clock keeps ticking. Harry must discover and confront the enemy who wants him dead - if he is to live to see Midsummer’s Day. An atmospheric, fast-moving and intricate thriller, Waterloo Sunset features in Harry Devlin one of modern crime fiction’s most memorable amateur detectives in the deadliest case of his life.
Among the praise for Waterloo Sunset:
"At the start of the impressive eighth entry in Edwards's Harry Devlin series (All the Lonely People, etc.), the Liverpool attorney receives a fake newspaper notice announcing his death on Midsummer's Eve. Subsequent threatening messages lead him to take the less-than-a-week deadline seriously. Given Devlin's penchant for sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, many people bear him murderous grudges. Devlin focuses on two suspects—Tom Gunter, a violent thug and a former client, and Aled Borth, a loner angered that the lawyer's best efforts didn't result in a charge of murder being brought against the nursing home where Borth's mother died. The addition of a serial killer who severs his victim's tongues might have proven too much for the plot to bear in a lesser writer's hands, but Edwards skillfully weaves the strands together. While some readers will guess the truth before Devlin does, all will enjoy this twisty whodunit."
--Publishers Weekly

"Edwards never writes the same book twice; both his plottings and his settings are original."
--Library Journal

"The series is known for its wit, solid plotting and likeable lead."

"Edwards handles a complex plot and a vivid cast of characters with a sure hand...[and] mixes humour and suspense to good entertaining series."
--Mystery Scene

"Beautifully crafted."
--Crime Time

"I recommend Waterloo Sunset for those who like mysteries with character and well drawn plots."
--I Love a Mystery
Learn more about the author and his books at Martin Edwards' website and his blog, 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'.

The first of Edwards' eight Liverpool novels, All the Lonely People, introduced lawyer Harry Devlin. It went on to be nominated for the CWA's John Creasey Memorial Dagger.

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