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The Long Dead

(2006)
(The first book in the DCI John Blizzard series)
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An unmarked grave, an old promise and a maverick detective...

When an archaeological investigation of an old prisoner of war camp turns up several bodies in unmarked graves, it should be an open and shut case for DCI John Blizzard.

But, on a foggy November morning, his instinct that something is not quite right is confirmed when forensics show that while most of the victims died during a flu epidemic after the Second World War, one of the deaths was far more recent.

Who is this man? Why was he killed? As Blizzard and his team investigate, they begin to uncover a cruel crime, and a promise of revenge that goes back generations. Worse, the killer is at large and now motivated to strike again. Can Blizzard piece together the puzzle and let old wounds finally heal?

Set in the fictional port of Hafton in northern England, THE LONG DEAD is a contemporary British whodunnit. If you are a reader who likes having to guess the identity of the murderer, you’ll enjoy picking up on the various clues. With snappy dialogue and convincing characters, this is a page turner that the whole family will appreciate.

This book is the first in a series of novels featuring detective John Blizzard and his team. The full list, in order of publication, is:

1. THE LONG DEAD
2. STRANGE LITTLE GIRL
3. THE RAILWAY MAN
4. THE SECRETS MAN
5. A BREACH OF TRUST
6. DEATH LIST
7. A FLICKER IN THE NIGHT
8. THE LATCH MAN

Also look out for the author's other murder mystery series set in the Pennines, featuring detective Jack Harris and comprising:

1. DEAD HILL
2. THE VIXEN’S SCREAM
3. TO DIE ALONE
4. TO HONOUR THE DEAD
5. THOU SHALT KILL
6. ERROR OF JUDGEMENT
7. THE KILLING LINE

All of these books are available to buy on Kindle and in paperback, and are free on Kindle Unlimited.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for John Dean's The Long Dead

Hardback Editions

September 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Long Dead (Ulverscroft Large Print)
Author(s): John Dean
ISBN: 1-84617-895-9 / 978-1-84617-895-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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October 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Long Dead
Author(s): John Dean
ISBN: 0-7090-8183-9 / 978-0-7090-8183-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: THE LONG DEAD: A gripping British murder mystery with detective John Blizzard
Author(s): John Dean
ISBN: 1-5499-0364-0 / 978-1-5499-0364-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Long Dead
Author(s): John Dean
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Long Dead
Author(s): John Dean
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Long Dead
Author(s): John Dean
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Long Dead
Author(s): John Dean
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE LONG DEAD: A gripping British murder mystery with detective John Blizzard
Author(s): John Dean
Publisher: THE BOOK FOLKS best-selling British detective fiction publishers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU