Rules, Regs and Rotten Eggs
By H. R. F. Keating
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312375331, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
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Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens resolves to resign after the new Assistant Chief Constable at the head of the CID makes her feel inferior in her job. However, her thoughts of resignation are abruptly interrupted when the pro-hunting politician Robert Roughouse suspiciously collapses during one of his vehement speeches at an antihunting demonstration. Sensing that someone has deliberately attempted to murder Roughouse, and seeing an opportunity to prove her worth to the ACC, Detective Martens determinately takes charge of the investigation.
Immersed in thoughts about what could possibly lie behind the attempt at assassination, Detective Martens decides to interview Roughouse in the hospital. However, rather than aiding in her enquiry, her visit serves only to confuse things further: Roughouse has been moved during the night to the privately owned Masterton Clinic, and is not accepting visitors. What could lie behind the strange series of events surrounding the Roughouse case?
The talented H. R. F. Keating is at the top of his game in this latest stunning British police procedural.
H. R. F. Keating was the reviewer for The London Times for fifteen years and served as chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors. He has been the longest-serving president of the Detection Club, next only to Agatha Christie. He twice won the CWA Gold Dagger, and in 1996 he was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 2005, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic conference. He lives in London with his wife, the actress Sheila Mitchell, who regularly reads his titles as audiobooks.
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