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A Private Prosecution

(1986)
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Autumn in a seaside town, and four young girls are found strangled. Each body bears the 'signature' of a killer whom the media soon dub the Monster, and Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Kendrick is driven by his sense of outrage into obsessive pursuit of the murderer.

A fifth killing, gruesomely different from the others, drives his friend Humphrey Barnes into an obsession, too - to disprove his fear that a beloved member of the victim's family may know something about the murders.

Another death, and the ordeal of a girl who escapes, solve the riddle of the Monster, but this is just the beginning of the separate efforts of the two friends to get to the truth of the fifth murder - Kendrick through orthodox police methods, Humphrey through his tortured contacts with the victim's unhappy family. Since Kendrick's wife left him Humphrey has become his confidant, but he keeps his unofficial ideas to himself as he listens reluctantly to the progress of the Chief Superintendent's official investigations. This time his intuition is not at the service of the police.

It is a race for the truth which only Humphrey knows they are running, and for one of them the final grim revelation represents a hollow victory.

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Hardback Editions

2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Private Prosecution
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 1-4056-8510-7 / 978-1-4056-8510-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Dagger Crime / BBC
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November 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: A Private Prosecution
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 0-7089-1897-2 / 978-0-7089-1897-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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July 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: Private Prosecution
Author(s): EILEEN DEWHURST
ISBN: 0-385-24146-1 / 978-0-385-24146-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: DDay Gen Adult
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July 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Private Prosecution (The Crime Club)
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 0-00-232069-X / 978-0-00-232069-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Private Prosecution (Bello)
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 1-4472-4063-4 / 978-1-4472-4063-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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April 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Private Prosecution
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 1-55504-494-8 / 978-1-55504-494-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: A private prosecution
Author(s): Eileen Dewhurst
ISBN: 1-55504-493-X / 978-1-55504-493-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: J. Curley
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