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Publisher's Summary

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: 13-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from her town, an insular community that distrusts the outside world. For the young George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the anonymity of the inner city, and an outcome which reverberates through the years. Decades later he finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, Bennett unaccountably tries to pull the plug. He has new information which he refuses to divulge, new information that threatens the very foundations of his existence. Catherine is forced to re-investigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down.
A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.
©2001 Val McDermid (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

Truly amazing

One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. I found myself simultaneously wanting to listen to the whole thing in one sitting and rationing the story because it was so good. I had seen the 1st half of the miniseries and decided to read the book before seeing the 2nd half because I was so drawn into the story. I knew that there would be a plot twist, but I never quite guessed the ending. It kept me on my toes and interested the whole time. I immediately downloaded another Val McDermid book. I hope it is half as good!

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-13-12

Great book

Would you listen to A Place of Execution again? Why?

Yes. The story line was great. Some of the best writing I found, since I started reading Reginald Hill. Paddy Glynn was a very good narrator.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It definitely kept me guessing and I was guessing a lot. I listen while I work in the service industry & It kept me company.

Which scene was your favorite?

It wasn't a scene as much as the journey through multiple scenes.

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