A deeply intelligent, sensitive and compelling crime novel. A former teacher is arrested for the murder of his female neighbour and his life is soon subject to devastating media obsession. One of the detectives is his former pupil at the boarding school nearby where both suffered under the brutalising effects of the school system. Crimes past and present need to be solved.
A young woman has been murdered, and a neighbour, a retired teacher from Chapleton College, is arrested. An eccentric loner – intellectual, shy, a fastidious dresser with expensive tastes – he is the perfect candidate for a media monstering.
In custody he is interviewed by two detectives: the smart-talking, quick-witted Gary, and his watchful colleague, Ander. Ander is always watchful, but particularly now, because the man across the table is his former teacher – Michael Wolphram – whom he hasn’t seen in nearly 30 years. Another outsider, another loner in a school system rife with abuse and bullying, Ander has another case to solve: the cold case of his own childhood.
Paperback; 336 pages; 268g;