Audio - Crime 2000
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New Audio - Crime Titles 2000

Saving Faith

But at Amazon.co.uk David Baldacci Saving Faith Published July 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio at £12.98 ISBN: 0 671 03805 2
Read by Chris Noth
Danny Buchanan is a top Washington lobbyist who once earned a vast fortune serving the interests of giant corporations. Then, appalled by the desperate poverty he witnessed on his global travels, he decided to use his political genius and boundless energy to help the world's poor. If this meant bending the rules a bit, so what? That was what he'd done for years and at least he's now doing it for a good cause. With the loyal aid of his assistant, the attractive and committed Faith Lockhart, Danny works tirelessly and in secret to establish a network of politicians who can he relied upon to vote the right way on matters concerning international aid.
Robert Thornhill has rather different ideas of public service. A ruthless top-ranking veteran of clandestine government activity, he bitterly resents the funding cutback and the erosion of the CIA's status and influence that the end of the Cold War has meant. When he discovers the secret of Danny's political influence, he decides to blackmail him into exerting it for the Agency's own dark ends.
The scene is set for an explosive clash between the CIA and FBI - with Faith Lockhart caught in the crossfire as she flees from the murderous attentions of Thornhill's faction. As the lethal danger increases, so does the level of unbearable tension in this superbly compelling reading experience.

4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 6 hrs
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But at Amazon.co.uk Robert Crais Demolition Angel Published July 2000 by Orion Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 0-75283 218 2
Read by Lorelei King
Carol Starkey is struggling to pick up the pieces of her former life as L.A.'s finest bomb-squad technician. Fuelled by alcohol and Tagamet, she's doing time as a detective with LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section. Three years have passed since the explosion that scarred her and killed her partner and lover. She can't bear to look at herself in the mirror and she hasn't been with another man since.
A seemingly innocuous bomb call turns into a charred murder scene. Carol quickly discovers an intent far more disturbing than a one-shot act of anarchy. Each of a series of explosions is designed expressly to kill bomb technicians.
Demolition Angel matches razor sharp characterisation with stunning narrative velocity. It is sure to make Robert Crais one of the new megastars of American thriller fiction.

Lorelei King was born in Pennsylvania. Once described as 'the best-known American voice on Radio 4', she has played roles as varied as Patricia Cornwell's forensic detective Kay Scarpetta and Groucho Marx's sidekick. Film work includes The Saint and Notting Hill; on television she is a running character (Natalie Lawrence) in the acclaimed Cold Feet, and she has appeared in Jonathan Creek, Chef, The Comic Strip, Birds of a Feather and Rumpole of the Bailey. On stage she has acted in such classics as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Blues for Mr Charlie and Death of a Salesman. She was nominated as Performer of the Year at the 1999 Talkies (the audiobook industry awards).
4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 6 hrs Abridged by John Nicholl Produced by Rinne/Jones

About The Author
Robert Crais was born in Louisiana and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. He has won the Macavity and Anthony Awards, and has been nominated for the Edgar. He is the author of nine previous novels including the acclaimed L.A. Requiem. In addition to his novels, Crais has written scripts for L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues. Demolition Angel has been purchased by the producer of Jerry MAguire and is in development as a major motion picture.

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Dick Francis
Shattered

But at Amazon.co.uk Dick Francis Shattered Published September 2000 by Penguin Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-14-180236-7
Read by Martin Jarvis
When jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen video tape. Logan is a glass-blower on the verge of widespread acclaim for the ingenuity of his work. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass and in maintaining a furnace at never less than 1,800 degrees F, he is suddenly faced with a series of terrifying threats to his business and to his life.
But the chilling race to find the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined.

Martin Jarvis's distinguished career ranges from acclaimed productions of Ayckbourn, Pinter, Wilde and Shakespeare in London to Murder, She Wrote and James Cameron's Titanic in Hollywood. His BBC Just William recordings are international bestsellers and, in 1995, he received the British Talkies Award. In 1999 he received an OBE.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs Abridged by Andrew Simpson Produced by Jigga Dunn

About The Author
Dick Francis was born in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, in October 1920. As a youngster, Dick Francis was a keen horseman and won many 'best boy rider' awards at all the major horse shows between the wars. In 1940 he joined up in the RAF and finished the war as a Lancaster bomber pilot having initially trained on Spitfires. On demobilisation he returned to the saddle, becoming a steeplechase jockey. He was Champion Jockey in the 1953-54 season and is perhaps best known for riding the luckless Devon Loch, owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, when he came so heartbreakingly close to winning the 1956 Grand National when Devon Loch slipped up just 40 yards from the winning post when well in front. In 1957 he gave up riding professionally and joined The Sunday Express as their racing correspondent. He published his racing autobiography, The Sport of Queens, in December 1957, and his first thriller, Dead Cert, in 1962. There has been a bestselling novel every year since. Forfeit (1968), Whip Hand (1979) and Come to Grief(1995) each won an Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the only author to win more than one of this prestigious award. In addition he has received Silver, Gold and Diamond Dagger awards from the Crime Writers Association and an OBE from the Queen. In 1991 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA and in 1996 he was created Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. From being the Royal Jockey he has become the Queen Mother's favourite thriller writer. Each year Dick Francis signs a copy of his new novel, hot off the press, and delivers it to Clarence House. Dick Francis and his wife Mary now live in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

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But at Amazon.co.uk John Grisham The Brethren Published February 2000 by Random House Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 1-85686-582-7
See Review by Andrew Taylor - author of the highly acclaimed Roth & Lydmouth Series
Read by Michael Beck
Trumble is a minimum security federal prison, a 'camp', home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals - drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, at least five lawyers.
And three former judges who call themselves The Brethren: one from Texas, one from California, and one from Mississippi. They meet each day in the law library, their turf at Tumble, where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practise law without a licence, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice. And they spend hours writing letters. They are fine-tuning a mail seam, and it's starting to really work. The money is pouring in.
Then their little scam goes awry. It ensnares the wrong victim, a powerful man on the outside, a man with dangerous friends, and The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.

Michael Beck is a well-known American actor. His film credits include The Warriors and Xanadu. He has made numerous television appearances and has read several John Grisham audiobooks including A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker and The Partner.
4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 6 hrs Abridged by Sharon Mattlin Produced by David rapkin

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Lynn S. Hightower
The Debt Collector
Lynn S. Hightower The Debt Collector Published June 2000 by Soundings at £18.99 ISBN: 1 86042 800 2 Buy direct from Soundings: order number (UK) 0191 253 4155 N.B. P&P £2.50 or £3.50 for two or more titles
Read by Liza Ross
cul-de-sac, and finds the brutal decimation of an average American family -- deeply in debt.
A high-profile search brings in two ex-convicts. Evidence points to a third man at the murder scene -- a man called the Angel, a man who runs a collection agency that can turn a debt into your worst possible nightmare.
Lynn Hightower "knows how to keep the psychological pressure turned up high" (Sunday Telegraph) in her fourth riveting, intriguing, chilling thriller to feature Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair.

'. .. a lively and sympathetic addition to the ranks of fictional female coppery' The Times
Liza Ross has worked extensively in theatre, television and radio. She has twice appeared with the National Theatre Company in The Front Page and Wings. Other theatre credits include The Entertainer, Arms and the Man and Dangerous Corner. Her TV appearances include After the War, Poor Little Rich Girl, The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt, Chandler's Smart-Alex Kill andOppenheimer.
She also works frequently in radio, working in plays including The Age of Innocence and Superman.
Her many film credits include Batman. She is frequently heard on BBC Radio and has read many audio books.
10 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 11 hrs

About The Author
Lynn S. Hightower was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and lived in Georgia and Virginia as a child before moving to Lexington, Kentucky where she now lives. At school she read voraciously; especially mystery writers and later science fiction. In 1977 she graduated in journalism from the University of Kentucky where she enrolled in creative writing classes. Her tutor there taught her a no-nonsense approach to writing advising her to just sit down and do her own work, advice which she has found invaluable.
For a while Hightower wrote television commercials then went back to college to study for a master's degree in business administration, but towards the end of the course she realised that the jobs she was being interviewed for were not at all what she wanted to do - she wanted to write. Encouraged by her family, that is exactly what she did. And the results have been well worth it - Flashpoint has become a runaway bestseller, Eyeshot is published in paperback in February 1997, and Lynn is currently working on a third book to feature homicide detective Sonora Blair.
Lynn S. Hightower now works full-time writing fiction. She likes canoeing, horse-riding, is witty after two glasses of wine, and confesses to being unable to resist M&Ms. She shares her office with a Golden Retriever named Griffin.
Hightower's Writing is pacy, sympathetic, genuine. To make her work realistic and up-to-date she did a lot of research with the police, in particular with homicide investigators and crime scene specialists in Cincinnati and with police detectives and private investigators in Kentucky, sometimes accompanying them as an observer, and even attending a post mortem by the state medical examiner so that she would know exactly what she was writing about.
Sonora is a new heroine for the Nineties, widowed with two kids, a three-legged dog and an ulcer and fighting to balance the brutality of the day-job and the demands of her family she is also gutsy, intelligent, sensitive.
On Flashpoint
"I wanted to write about a female serial killer and to buck the trend where victims are white men who deserved to die. I wanted male victims who are good guys and didn't deserve to be killed,"
On Writing
"My goal is always to write a riveting, compelling, fast-moving read that entertains. I try to write realistically - I do a lot of research and I try to make my story fit the facts, rather than the other way around. I don't feel that I have the right to expect people to indulge me by reading something that they don't enjoy. I'm happy if someone gives me three sentences to pique their- interest; if I haven't got you in three, then toss my book aside with my blessings"
"I write to tell myself stories I would like to be told. I started my first novel when I was ten years old - writing is simply something which I have always done. I started writing every day thirteen years ago."

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But at Amazon.co.uk Donna Leon Friends in High Places Published April 2000 by Random House Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 1-85686-572-X
Read by Tim Pigott-Smith
Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat concerning the lack of official approval for the building of his apartment years before. His first reaction, like any other Venetian, even a cop, is to think of whom he knows who might bring pressure to bear on the relevant local government department. But when the bureaucrat rings him at work, clearly scared by some information he plans to give Brunetti, and is then found dead after a fall from scaffolding, something is clearly going on that has implications rather greater than the fate of Guide's own apartment.
Brunetti’s investigations take him into unfamiliar areas of Venetian life - drug abuse and loan-sharking - while the deaths of two young drug addicts and the arrest - and subsequent release – of a suspected drug-dealer reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

Tim Pigott-Smith is one of Britain's best-known actors who has worked widely on both stage and screen. Television credits include Jewel in The Crown and The Chief. He has performed with the RSC and has also read a number of audiobooks.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs Abridged by Derek Webb Produced by Mike Carrington Wood

About The Author
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Iran, Saudi Arabia and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed.
Donna Leon's ninth Brunetti novel sees her at the height of her powers; as the Mail on Sunday put it in reviewing A Noble Radiance, the seventh in the series, Leon 'can paralyse the reader with joyful suspense, lost in the environs of Venice and hopelessly in love with her central character and his wife'.

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The Drowning People

But at Amazon.co.uk Richard Mason The Drowning People Published January 2000 by Penguin Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-14-180125-5
Read by Tony Britton
Twenty-four hours ago, James Farrell murdered his wife at their home, Seton Castle. What drove him, by no means a violent man, to kill in cold blood after half a century of contented married life?
The answers don't come easily. And explanation involves a return to the events of five decades ago, when as a talented young violinist James fell in love with Ella - his wife's cousin - and she with him. He must remember their passionate love and try to understand the test she set him and the tragic consequences of his success for them both.

'A very impressive first novel… the story hooks you to the end' The Times
'One of the most talked about novels of 1999… a truly extraordinary novel… it is impressive stuff' David Robson, The Sunday Telegraph

Tony Britton is famous for his role as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady in the West End. His television appearances include Don't Wait Up and Don't Tell Father. His films include The Day of the Jackal
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs Abridged by Kati Nicholl Produced by Louise Armitage

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Buy at ISIS Ed McBain Ghosts Published July 2000 by ISIS at £16.99 ISBN: 0-7531-0934-4 Buy direct from ISIS: freephone order number (UK) 0800 731 5637 or click on the Order button to visit their website N.B. P&P £2.50 or £3.50 for two or more titles
Read by Garrick Hagon
An 87th Precinct Mystery
It is four days before Christmas. A woman lies stabbed outside the apartment where she lived. The crime is unseasonably early; suicides don't start until Christmas Eve. But Marion Esposito is no suicide case. Nor is the crime author who is found stabbed nineteen times upstairs in the same block of flats.
Detective Steve Carella of the 87th Precinct is in for a shock even by his standards. The paranormal and the supernatural haunt this case, and he soon finds out that there is more than one kind of ghost...

Garrick Hagon's many films include Batman, Star Wars, Cry Freedom, A Bridge Too Far, The Message and Antony and Cleopatra. On British TV he has been seen in A Perfect Spy and Oppenheimer. He has also worked extensively in English Theatre, including appearances at the National Theatre in After the Fall, and in the West End in All My Sons. On BBC radio he is a familiar reader of novels and short stories.
6 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 7 hrs 45 mins

About The Author
Ed McBain holds the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. His books have sold over one hundred million copies and include both the 87th Precinct and the Matthew Hope series of novels, as well as those published under his own name of Evan Hunter.

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Omerta

But at Amazon.co.uk Mario Puzo Omerta Published June 2000 by Random House Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 1-85686-552-5
Read by Joe Mantegna
Omertà, the Sicilian code of silence, has been the cornerstone of the Mafia's sense of honour for centuries. Born in the Sicilian hills, Omertà carried the Mafia through a century of change, but now at the century's end it is becoming a relic from a bygone age. Honour may be silent - but money talks.
New York - a mob boss is assassinated and no one will talk. His nephew and the head of the city's FBI both launch investigations into the murder. But silence spreads like a contagion, the silence of rival gangs, the silence of crooked bankers; even the silence of the courts. But this is a world without integrity and riven with greed. And when money starts to talk ...

Joe Mantegna has starred in the feature films House of Games, Homicide, Godfather III, Bugsy, Up Close and Personal and Searching for Bobby Fisher. On Broadway he has appeared in David Mamet's Speed The Plow and Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won the prestigious Tony Award.
3 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 5 hrs Abridged by Lynn Lauber Produced by Sherry Huber

About The Author
Mario Puzo was born in Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side. After his military service in World War II he attended New York’s School for Social Research and Columbia University. Two critically acclaimed novels published in the early sixties, The Fortunate Pilgrim and The Dark Arena preceded his best-known novel, The Godfather. He published three later novels. Mario Puzo also wrote ten screen plays, including Superman. For both of his screen adaptations of The Godfather he won Academy Awards. He died in 1999 at his home in Long Island.

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But at Amazon.co.uk Mario Puzo The Godfather Published January 2000 by Random House Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 1-85686-7226
Read by Joe Mantegna
Still shocking more than quarter of a century after it was first published and now abridged on tape for the first time, read by Joe Mantegna, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is the classic story of the Mafia.
The Godfather is the epic story of organised crime in the 1940s. It is also traces the intimate history of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia.

‘The splendid and distinguished blood saga of the American Mafia’ Sunday Times
‘A sensational success'. Sunday Express
"Big, turbulent, highly entertaining… moves at breakneck speed'. Newsweek

Joe Mantegna has starred in the feature films House of Games, Homicide, Godfather III, Bugsy, Up Close and Personal and Searching for Bobby Fisher. On Broadway he has appeared in David Mamet's Speed The Plow and Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won the prestigious Tony Award.
4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 8 hrs

About The Author
Mario Puzo was born in Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side. After his military service in World War II he attended New York’s School for Social Research and Columbia University. Two critically acclaimed novels published in the early sixties, The Fortunate Pilgrim and The Dark Arena preceded his best-known novel, The Godfather. He published three later novels. Mario Puzo also wrote ten screen plays, including Superman. For both of his screen adaptations of The Godfather he won Academy Awards. He died in 1999 at his home in Long Island.

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Ian Rankin
Let it Bleed

But at Amazon.co.uk Ian Rankin Let it Bleed Published June 2000 by Orion Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-75283-213-1
Read by Bill Paterson
An Inspector Rebus Novel
Struggling through another Edinburgh winter, Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped, or just another runaway? Why should Councillor Tom Gillespie be shredding documents that were waste paper from a fraud case years ago? And why is Rebus himself suddenly invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the stately dome of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary, Sir lain Hunter?
Pulled into the machine which is modern Scotland, Rebus is confronted by the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond his reach, perhaps even beyond justice.

'For all the right reasons, Rebus calls for comparison with Colin Dexter's Morse.’ Publishers' Weekly, USA
'... authentic copper-speak in a variety of authentic voices' The Sunday Times

Bill Paterson first appeared on the professional stage at the Citizens Theatre in his native Glasgow in 1967. Since then he has worked in such memorable productions as the original Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre and Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court, and The Singing Detective, AufWiedersehen Pet, Traffik, The Crow Road and the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Wives and Daughters on television. Films include The Killing Fields, Comfort and Joy and Truly, Madly, Deeply.
2 Cassettes Running Time: 3 hrs 20 mins Abridged by Kati Nicholl Produced by Nicholas Jones

About The Author
In His Own Words…
Born in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland In 1960. Attended local comprehensive school, then went on to University of Edinburgh. MA in English Literature (specialising in US Literature). Then started studying towards a PhD in the Modern Scottish Novel, but wrote my own stuff instead. Early "successes" were with poetry and the short story. One story raged out of control and became, my first novel, The Flood.
Married in 1986 and moved to London. Worked as a secretary at the National Folktale Centre, then as a journalist (rising to acting editor) on monthly music magazine hi-fi Review. Dropped out in 1990 and moved to the French countryside. This pastoral idyll failed to stop me writing dark, dark fictions.
Was elected a Hawthornden Fellow in 1988. Won Chandler-Fullbright Award in 1992. Won CWA Short Story Dagger in 1994 (or was it '95?); same story shortlisted for 1995 Anthony award. Won the Short Story 'Dagger' again in 1996, and celebrated by moving back to Scotland.
Two sons, Jack and Kit. Er.....that's it.

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Ian Rankin

But at Amazon.co.uk Ian Rankin Black and Blue Published April 2000 by Orion Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0752818074
Read by James Macpherson
Winner of the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger and a TV Drama starring John Hannah
Rebus is juggling four cases, trying to nail one killer who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. Added to that, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or so viewers. Just one mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death, or - worse still losing his job.

'Rankin controls the material with extraordinary authority.' Scotland on Sunday
'Ian Rankin is a novelist of great scope, depth and power. Black & Blue is a dark, intensely evocative and altogether riveting thriller.’ Jonathan Kellerman

Taggart star James Macpherson brings his 'police' experience to bear on this intelligent reading of a powerful but compassionate story.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs 15 mins

About The Author
In His Own Words…
Born in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland In 1960. Attended local comprehensive school, then went on to University of Edinburgh. MA in English Literature (specialising in US Literature). Then started studying towards a PhD in the Modern Scottish Novel, but wrote my own stuff instead. Early "successes" were with poetry and the short story. One story raged out of control and became, my first novel, The Flood.
Married in 1986 and moved to London. Worked as a secretary at the National Folktale Centre, then as a journalist (rising to acting editor) on monthly music magazine hi-fi Review. Dropped out in 1990 and moved to the French countryside. This pastoral idyll failed to stop me writing dark, dark fictions.
Was elected a Hawthornden Fellow in 1988. Won Chandler-Fullbright Award in 1992. Won CWA Short Story Dagger in 1994 (or was it '95?); same story shortlisted for 1995 Anthony award. Won the Short Story 'Dagger' again in 1996, and celebrated by moving back to Scotland.
Two sons, Jack and Kit. Er.....that's it.

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Kathy Reichs
Deadly Decisions

But at Amazon.co.uk Kathy Reichs Deadly Decisions Published August 2000 by Random House Audio at £9.99 ISBN: 1-85686-693-9
See Review by Cath Staincliffe - Author of the highly acclaimed Sal Kilkenny Mysteries set on the Mean Streets of Manchester
Read by Katherine Borowitz
Dr Temperance Brennan is teaching a body recovery course at FBI headquarters in Quantico when she is urgently recalled to Quebec. A vicious biker war is raging and two foot soldiers have blown themselves up. As forensic anthropologist for the state Tempe is responsible for identifying their remains. While she cares little for the motards themselves, Tempe becomes sickened and angry when the body of a nine-year-old girl is wheeled into the morgue, slain in hiker crossfire. She vows to fight this evil.
Then an exhumation brings to light a further mystery and Tempe works day and night to uncover the secrets that the bones guard. Bur can she do so before other innocents die in she escalating violence? And without her sparring partner Andrew Ryan to turn to for help, she finds herself increasingly vulnerable. Will she too make the wrong decision - a deadly decision?

'Better than Patricia Cornwell' Express on Sunday
Katherine Borowitz has appeared in various films including Baby Boom and The World According to Garp. She also read Kathy Reich's previous novel Death Du Jour.
4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 5 hrs Abridged by George Truett

About The Author
Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciare et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec, and has as a result part based her novels on her vast experience in the area of forensic science where she specialises in bones. At present she is one of only 50 people certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and very few of these are women. Like her leading character Dr Brennan, Kathy Reichs has to not only function but excel in the masculine world of law enforcement.
Kathy Reichs is often called upon to be an expert witness in criminal trials and it is her testimony which can sometimes make the difference between getting a conviction and not. She has recently returned from a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where she was part of a team gathering evidence against those accused of genocide in the region. Due to the nature of her work death threats are not uncommon and she keeps the whereabouts of her family as secret as possible.
She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal.

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Ruth Rendell

But at Amazon.co.uk Ruth Rendell Piranha to Scurfy Published September 2000 by Random House Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 1-85686-624-6
Read by Penelope Wilton
Piranha to Scurfy is Ruth Rendell's seventh collection of short stories. The stories deal with a variety of themes, some macabre, some vengeful, some mysterious, all precisely observed. Together they illustrate what tremendous range Ruth Rendell has as a writer.
Penelope Wilton has performed widely in theatre, television and film and has won a number of prestigious awards. She is perhaps best known as a remarkable stage actress and is a regular player at the National Theatre. Her television credits include Kavanagh QC for CarIton and Talking Heads for the BBC. Penelope Wilton has also starred in a number of films including Carrington, Tom’s Midnight Garden and The French Lieutenants Woman
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs Abridged by John Lewis Produced by Mike Carrington-Wood

About The Author
Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in my View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986; and most recently she was the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre. In 1996, she was awarded the CBE.
Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and are also published to great acclaim in the United States.
Ruth Rendell is married and lives in a sixteenth-century farmhouse in Suffolk.
Ruth Rendell also writes as Barbara Vine

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Winter Frost

But at Amazon.co.uk R.D. Wingfield Winter Frost Published April 2000 by HarperCollins Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-00-105651-4
Read by David Jason
Winter in Denton is cold, bleak and a busy time for Detective inspector Jack Frost whose unsolved crime figures are mounting as he struggles to bring them down in the face of manpower shortages and budget cuts.
Denton is currently having more than its fair share of crime. But Frost's main concern is for the safety of a missing schoolgirl. Nine weeks ago Vicky Stuart, eight years old, didn't return home from school and in spite of exhaustive enquiries and extensive searches, has never been seen since. Another little girl from the same school is reported missing. Her body is found… raped and strangled.
Frost's prime suspect, strongly protesting his innocence, hangs himself in his cell, leaving a note blaming Frost for driving him to suicide. Subsequent evidence points to the man's innocence.
Coarse, insubordinate and fearless, DI Jack Frost is in serious trouble.

David Jason plays DI Jack Frost in the highly acclaimed Touch of Frost TV series.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hrs

About The Author
Until 1970 R. D. Wingfield worked for an international oil company, writing crime plays for radio in his spare time. The success of his radio work meant the day job had to go and he became a full-time writer. His plays have been broadcast all over the world and translated into many languages. In addition to thrillers and serials he has written comedy scripts for the late Kenneth Williams. R. D. Wingfield is married with one son and lives in Basildon, Essex.

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