The Water Clock

The Water Clock

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
When two long-dead bodies are discovered near wintry Cambridgeshire Fens, local news reporter Philip Dryden discovers that both victims are linked to a devastating event from 1966 during which his own life was saved on a foggy night while his wife was left to die. A first novel.

McMillan Palgrave
In the bleak, snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a man's mutilated body is discovered in a block of ice. High up on Ely Cathedral a second body is discovered, grotesquely riding an ancient stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse, it seems, has been there for more than thirty years.

Philip Dryden, lead reporter for the local newspaper The Crow, knows he's onto a great story when forensic evidence links both victims to one terrifying crime in 1966. But the story also offers Dryden the key to a very personal mystery. Who saved his life after a car crash one foggy night two years ago---and who left his wife, Laura, in a ditch to die? As he continues his painful visits to Laura, who has been locked in a coma ever since the accident, Dryden's search for the truth takes on ever increasing urgency. The answers will bring him face to face with his own guilt, his own fears---and a cold and ruthless killer.

This brilliant and evocative murder mystery, which was shortlisted for Britain's John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of the year, marks Jim Kelly as the new master of suspense.


Blackwell North Amer
In the bleak, snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a man's mutilated body is discovered in a block of ice. High up on Ely Cathedral a second body is discovered, grotesquely riding an ancient stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse, it seems, has been there for more than thirty years.
Philip Dryden, lead reporter for the local newspaper The Crow, knows he's onto a great story when forensic evidence links both victims to one terrifying crime in 1966. But the story also offers Dryden the key to a very personal mystery. Who saved his life after a car crash one foggy night two years ago - and who left his wife, Laura, in a ditch to die? As he continues his painful visits to Laura, who has been locked in a coma ever since the accident, Dryden's search for the truth takes on ever increasing urgency. The answers will bring him face to face with his own guilt, his own fears - and a cold and ruthless killer.

Baker
& Taylor

When two long-dead bodies are discovered near wintry Cambridgeshire Fens, news reporter Philip Dryden discovers that both victims are linked to an event from 1966 during which his own life was saved while his wife was left to die.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003.
ISBN: 9780312321437
0312321430
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 22 cm.

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constant_traveler
Nov 07, 2018

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

I found that reading this book was like separating wheat from chaff. Mainly because of the over-use of similies (or is it metaphors?) The story itself started out OK, but I got bogged down in the (too) many comparisons ("the newsroom looked like a cabin on the Marie Celeste," "When she moved she sounded like a mobile in the wind," "a monochrome sea as flat as an ancient mariner's nightmare") used as descriptions. Somewhat clever, but tiring at the same time. Not sure if the mystery was well-plotted since I gave up around chapter 5. Maybe having read and enjoyed a number of Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge books recently slanted my opinion on writing styles away from this type.

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deRougemont
Jul 07, 2011

Incredible sense of atmosphere and place.

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