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The Unhanged Man

(1984)
(Unhung Man)
(Book 31 in the Chief Superintendent Gently series)
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In a lonely summerhouse on a wooded estate in Wiltshire, a retired judge lies shot. Is it an accident, suicide or murder? The only positive clue is exceedingly embarrising to the authorities - the clear, fresh fingerprint of a man whom the judge had condemned to death eighteen years before, and who was hanged in a British prison. Or so the records say. The man called in to deal with this delicate case is Chief Superintendent George Gently. Driving to Wiltshire in the fresh May sunshine, through lanes white with hawthorn and cow parsley, Gently considers his brief: to discover the facts, however unpalatable, without causing a public scandal. Police in the market town of Mazebridge, eager to help, produce a local ne'er-do-well as a possible suspect. The judge's black-clad widow, not helpful at all, seems coldly and implacably hostile. And possibly untruthful. Sifting through conflicting statements, viewing the empty summerhouse with a body's outline chalked on the floor, handling the twelve-bore which fired the fatal shot, and trying, through it all, to keep the true nature of his suspicions from the sharp-eyed local man, Gently finds himself ever more certain that somewhere nearby is a stranger, whose name is not the one he was born with, who could answer all their questions... This taut, thought-provoking, and beautifully written novel of detection is the 31st in Alan Hunter's best-selling series featuring the patient, intuitive George Gently.

Genre: Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

June 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Unhung Man (Lythway Large Print Books)
Author(s): Alan Hunter
ISBN: 0-7451-0529-7 / 978-0-7451-0529-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Unhanged Man
Author(s): Alan Hunter
ISBN: 0-8027-5602-6 / 978-0-8027-5602-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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January 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Unhung Man
Author(s): Mr Alan Hunter
ISBN: 0-09-465270-8 / 978-0-09-465270-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable & Company Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unhung Man (A Superintendent gently suspense novel)
Author(s): Alan Hunter
ISBN: 0-7088-2857-4 / 978-0-7088-2857-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Publications
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