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.
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Death Wore White
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First published 2008
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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.