A Finer End

A Finer End by Deborah Crombie 0553109561 9780553109566
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Deborah Crombie has earned extraordinary acclaim for her British mysteries featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James. Now the masterful author ofKissed a Sad Goodbyereturns with a spellbinding novel of mysteries -- one contemporary, one ancient -- that will challenge Kincaid and James as no case ever has. Duncan Kincaid has settled into his life as part-time father to Kit, the twelve-year-old son he only recently discovered. But life has more changes in store: Gemma has pursued a promotion that ends their partnership on the job and places their personal relationship on a new, more tentative footing. So when Duncans cousin and childhood friend calls from Glastonbury to ask his help on a rather unusual matter, he welcomes the opportunity to get out of London -- and to spend a relaxing weekend with Gemma. But relaxation isnt on the agenda.... Jack Montfort, Duncans cousin, grew up in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor in a town revered as the site of an ancient abbey, the mythical burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, and according to New Age followers, a source of strong druid power. Montfort has not much more than a passing interest in the history of the area -- until he comes across an extraordinary chronicle almost a thousand years old. The unsettling way this record comes into his hands brings Montfort into contact with a disparate group of townspeople: Nick Carlisle, a student of the myths surrounding Glastonburys past; Simon Fitzstephen, a Church scholar whose knowledge of the Old Religion and its ceremonies is just as deep; Garnet Todd, a strange and intense woman with a jealous attachment to the young and very pregnant Faith Wills; and Winifred Catesby, the Anglican priest whose love for Jack has nearly healed his grief at the loss of his wife and daughter. Something terrible and bloody shattered the Abbeys peace long ago, according to Montforts newly discovered history. And that knowledge will spark a violence that reaches into the present. When a member of Jacks circle is attacked and left for dead, he appeals to Duncan to find the truth the local police cannot see. None of them envisions the peril that lies ahead, or that there is more at stake than either Duncan or Gemma dreamed possible.

Author: Deborah Crombie

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Bantam

Publication Date: 2001-05-01


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