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The Dying Light

(The Bell Ringers)
A novel by

2010 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (shortlist)

At his funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Jessica Lockhart has come with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a devastating explosion. But Eyam has left a devastating legacy and certain members of the congregation on that bitterly cold March day are desperate to suppress it. A group of locals come to feel the full weight of the states determination. Jessica Lockhart, now a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer from Manhattan but a former SIS officer in Indonesia is equal to Eyams legacy . She becomes the focus of the states paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, with all the cunning of her former trade, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam. The state is no match for the genius of the dead.

Genre: Thriller

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