Death Wore White

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From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Twists pile on twists in Kelly's superb whodunit, the possible first in a series. Soon after Det. Insp. Peter Shaw and Det. Sgt. George Valentine, who had been the partner of Shaw's disgraced policeman father, stumble on a corpse on an inflatable raft on a Norfolk beach, the pair are stuck in a blizzard, their car one of many vehicles blocked by a fallen tree. During this mishap, someone kills Harvey Ellis, the driver nearest the obstruction, with a chisel blow to the eye and manages to escape without leaving traces in the snow. Other bodies surface after the police extricate themselves from the scene of Ellis's murder. While Shaw and his team try to untangle the lies told them by every witness they encounter, he also tries to redeem his la Published by Penguin on 2009/02/02


    Death Wore White

    Jim Kelly lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his partner, the writer Midge Gillies, and theirdaughter. He is also the author of The Water Clock, The Fire Baby, The Moon Tunnel,

    The Coldest Blood and The Skeleton Man, all featuring journalist Philip Dryden. The series wonthe 2006 CWA Dagger in the Library award for a body of work giving ‘the greatestenjoyment to readers’. The Water Clock was also shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award forbest rst novel and The Fire Baby for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

    Death Wore White begins a scintillating new series, featuring DI Peter Shaw and DS GeorgeValentine.

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    Death Wore White




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    First published 2008

    Copyright ? Jim Kelly 2008

    All rights reserved.

    The moral right of the author has been asserted

    Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that itshall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re‐sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated

    without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in whichit is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on thesubsequent purchaser

    ISBN: 978-0-141-90901-1

    For Bob


    There are three women without whom this book would not have reached publication: BeverlyCousins, my editor, who has again brilliantly spotted what works, and what doesn’t;Faith Evans, my agent, for her gifted interventions on character and style; and my wife, MidgeGillies, for providing a touchstone service on how to unravel knots in the plot.

    Trevor Horwood has again been our talented backstop, providing meticulous copy‐editing. JennyBurgoyne was again the backstop’s backstop, to great eect.

    In addition, I owe a continuing debt to a team of advisers who have been generous with theirtime and expertise: Alan Gilbert on forensics, Martin Peters on all things medical,Paul Horrell on all things motorized – including an exquisite essay on spark plugs. Michaeland Brian Houten took time to help me get my hero’s passion – running – just right. AllenFrary at Wells RNLI advised on boats and the dangers of boats, Eric Boyle on thechemistry of toxic waste, Chris Pitt at the RSPCA put me on the right track to discover theshadowy world of animal tracking. And regarding that world, I have relied on the helpof Ken Goddard, Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland,Oregon.

    I have beneted hugely from two excellent textbooks: Forensic Art and Illustration by Karen T.

    Taylor, and Crime Scene by Richard Platt.

    The novel is set in King’s Lynn and along the north Norfolk coast. I have played with thegeography and nomenclature of the area to enliven the language and avoid inadvertentlibel. All characters, establishments and organizations are ctional, and I should point outspecically that the West Norfolk Constabulary does not exist. I hope that I have captured thegenuine spirit of detection, without burdening the reader with the day‐to‐dayminutiae of working in the modern CID.