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Death of a Murderer

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Towards the end of November 2002, Billy Tyler, a police constable in his mid-forties, is summoned to the mortuary of a hospital in Suffolk. For the next twelve hours, from seven in the evening till seven in the evening, he is responsible for guarding the body of the notorious child-killer, Myra Hindley. In the face of public hostility and media frenzy, Billy's job, as his superior puts it, is to 'make sure nothing happens'. As a seasoned police officer, Billy's approach is utterly professional, but as the night wears on, in the eerie silence of the hospital, the dead woman's presence begins to assert itself, and Billy's own problems and anxieties - a stalled career, a fractious marriage, a disabled daughter - gradually acquire a new and unexpected significance. In this daring novel, Rupert Thomson takes on one of the most controversial subjects of our time and addresses the difficult questions that arise from it. Who do we love, and why? How do we protect our children? What separates us from the people we call monsters? A vivid evocation of an extraordinary moment in crime history, "Death of a Murderer" is one man's dark night of the soul, a gripping meditation on the fears and temptations that haunt the lives of all of us.


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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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ISBN: 1-4088-3310-7 / 978-1-4088-3310-0 (UK edition)
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death of a Murderer (Vintage International)
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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ISBN: 0-7531-7859-1 / 978-0-7531-7859-1 (UK edition)
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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ISBN: 0-7475-9267-5 / 978-0-7475-9267-9 (UK edition)
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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ISBN: 0-7475-9068-0 / 978-0-7475-9068-2 (UK edition)
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August 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death of a Murderer
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August 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Death of a Murderer (Vintage International)
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