A Dreadful Summoner
Neil Carson had been a pathologist in Hereford city for a
A Dreadful Summoner
Neil Carson had been a pathologist in Hereford city for a long time; his divorced wife and son were happy to accept the explanation of the Coroner’s Office that he was drunk and drowned in the river outside his house but his daughter, Maggie, cannot believe it. She is also a pathologist and she cannot accept the picture that is painted of a man who has a drink problem. When Tony Knight – who assisted Neil Carson in the autopsy room during the last week of his life - is battered to death, she is more convinced than ever, but no one else is. Desperate to find evidence that the death is suspicious, she is forced to break the law and do the unthinkable. Help comes in the form of Sam Fisher, a good friend of her father. He is an ex-policeman; his close to death because of pancreatic cancer. Unbeknown to her, he has other motives. He lives in fear of Jack Skinner, a gangster that he once knew too well and for whom Tony Knight once worked. In the past, Jack Skinner has committed terribly atrocities without compunction and Sam fears that he is somehow connected with the deaths. Anyone who stands in the way of Jack Skinner is likely to die, and Maggie and Sam find themselves in just that position as they try to find out who might have killed her father and why.
Leo Bannister is a mediocre and unknown artist and sculpt
Leo Bannister is a mediocre and unknown artist and sculptor until the muses begin to talk in his head. Taking his beloved wife, Penelope and their daughter, Simone, Leo flees from his jealous father-in-law Martin Waldeyer, leaving behind the memories of the terrible, dark things that happened in his house in Herefordshire.
Now, in hiding and with Penelope dead, he has dedicated both himself and Simone, to commemorating her life in an astonishing way, as perhaps only he could. When Leo attempts to show his father-in-law something of his achievement, there are terri
ble consequences. These result in the introduction of not only Police Inspector Beauchamp and his mysterious sergeant, Jeremiah Brierley, but also Natasha Vogt, Martin Waldeyer’s great niece, and her boyfriend, pathologist Tom Newman. Gradually, they all come to realise how much danger Simone is in, because Leo’s muses will stop at nothing to ensure that he completes his commemoration of her mother.
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