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Judgement of Death

(1989)
(A book in the Joseph Radkin series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
Wisecracking journalist Joseph Radkin takes over a story for a deceased colleague in this complicated, London-based mystery by the author of Letters to Nanette. At first it appears that Mike Rose, who had been investigating the conviction of Lavinia Chancellor for poisoning her husband, Stephen Fry, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. But Radkin, who teams up with Irish reporter Kate O'Malley, doesn't believe it. He has three deaths to unravel: Rose's, Fry's and--because the assignment is part of a magazine series comparing modern murders to notorious killings of the past--the case of Florence Maybrick, convicted 100 years earlier of poisoning her wealthy husband. Agreeing to help Radkin and O'Malley in their inquiries is Chancellor's ex-cop father, Ron, who is oddly close-mouthed about his own efforts to free his daughter. In the meantime, Radkin interviews Fry's mother, who is even more suspiciously reticent, and resumes his research into the turn-of-the-century murder. While some of the ensuing events ring true, the denouement fails to answer all the questions raised by this extremely convoluted yarn. The frustrating lack of resolution, combined with Radkin's grating wit, makes the effort required to follow the plot a questionable investment.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1992 : UK Hardback
Title: Judgement of Death (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-7451-8226-7 / 978-0-7451-8226-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: Judgement of Death
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-8027-3217-8 / 978-0-8027-3217-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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October 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Judgement of Death
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-575-04612-0 / 978-0-575-04612-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

March 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: Judgement of Death
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-7451-8238-0 / 978-0-7451-8238-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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August 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Judgement of Death (Atlantic Large Print)
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-7927-0774-5 / 978-0-7927-0774-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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October 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Judgement of Death
Author(s): Bob Biderman
ISBN: 0-575-04787-9 / 978-0-575-04787-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Joseph Radkin Investigations - Book 3: Judgement of Death
Author(s): Bob Biderman
Publisher: Black Apollo Press
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