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The Worm in the Bud

(2004)
(The first book in the D.I. Tom Mariner series)
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In Birmingham a local journalist is found dead in his home. A puncture wound in his arm a testimony to his death by lethal injection, the cryptic note by his side: 'no more', seems at first to suggest suicide but Detective Inspector Tom Mariner has learned to take nothing at face value. There is something a little too staged about events, especially as just that evening Mariner had witnessed Edward Barham pick up a prostitute in a bar he was frequenting. As the police investigate the house further they discovers there is another witness to events at 34 Clarendon Avenue. Barham's younger brother, Jamie, is found in a cupboard under the stairs. It seems likely that Jamie Barham had witnessed his brother's killing but his severe autism has left him without the means to communicate what he has seen...

Mariner is determined to build enough of a relationship with Jamie to get to the truth. And the fact that this means spending time with Anna Barham, Jamie's new - and reluctant - guardian, is no great hardship. But is Edward's death related to his recent investigations into a local crimelord. Or is there something else, something that only Jamie can tell them - if he so chooses...

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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Worm in the Bud
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 0-7505-2380-8 / 978-0-7505-2380-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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August 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Worm In The Bud: Number 1 in series (D.I. Tom Mariner)
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 0-7499-0685-5 / 978-0-7499-0685-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Piatkus
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Worm In The Bud: Number 1 in series (D.I. Tom Mariner)
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 0-7499-3923-0 / 978-0-7499-3923-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Piatkus
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Worm In The Bud: Number 1 in series (D.I. Tom Mariner)
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 0-7499-3534-0 / 978-0-7499-3534-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Piatkus
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Audio Editions

September 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Worm in the Bud
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 1-85903-862-X / 978-1-85903-862-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2005 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Worm in the Bud
Author(s): Chris Collett
ISBN: 1-85903-888-3 / 978-1-85903-888-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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