Too Many Murders
A Carmine Delmonico Novel
By Colleen McCullough
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781439177471, 384pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
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• A devoted following: Since her early success with The Thorn Birds, McCullough has proved herself popular in any genre. Whether she’s writing about a Roman emperor, Mr. Darcy, or an American detective, her fans know they can expect an entertaining page-turner.
• Brilliant characterization: As always, McCullough’s characters have depth and complexity. The well-loved cast of On,Off, including the newly married Carmine and Desdemona, returns in Too Many Murders, along with a new set of charismatic heroes and villains.
• Rich, historical detail: McCullough’s prowess as an historical novelist is in evidence as she paints a rich portrait of a quintessential New England university town during the 1960s. From the stately buildings of the campus to the town’s greasy diner, from gender politics to Cold War tensions, McCullough brings to life a period that many of her readers remember.
• Murder in a small town: Twelve murders have taken place on one day. All are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others. At the same time, Delmonico finds himself pitted against the mysterious Ulysses, a spy giving armaments secrets to the Russians. Are the murders and espionage somehow linked?
Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neuropathologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international bestseller. She lives on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific with her husband, Ric Robinson.