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Last Rights (Francis Hancock Mystery 1)

A chilling World War Two thriller
  • Author
    • Barbara Nadel
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October 1940. The London borough of West Ham is in the grip of yet another night of bombing, and undertaker Francis Hancock is in the grip of yet another night of temporary insanity.

A veteran of World War One, Francis is forced by the nightly air raids to relive the trauma of the trenches, and all he can do is try to outrun the horrific flashbacks. So when he sees a man lurching through the rubble, screaming about being stabbed but with no visible wound, Francis dismisses it at the ravings of another lost soul... until the man's body turns up at his funeral parlour, two days later. Suspecting foul play, Francis feels compelled to discover what really happened that night - but he finds himself pitted against violent thugs, an impenetrable network of lies and his own fragile sanity.

  • Published: Jan 02 2006
  • Pages: 352
  • 178 x 115mm
  • ISBN: 9780755321360
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Press Reviews

  • Sunday Telegraph
    Praise for Barbara Nadel's previous novels: An unusual and very well written first novel...Although the murder mystery is intriguing, it is the characters who make this book so successful
  • Scotsman
    Ikmen will go far...will have you looking over your shoulder
  • Literary Review
    Exciting, accomplished and original
  • Bookseller
    My crime reader is raving about this author
  • Independent
    A thriller that presents a Middle Eastern city populated by human beings, rather than specimens of oriental exotica, and a British writer who can get inside a foreign skin
  • Good Book Guide
    Mixing Ikmen's police work with parapsychology, blood and intuition makes for a read that is as riveting as it is undeniably disturbing
  • The Times
    Idiosyncratic and evocative
  • Independent
    Full of complex characters and louche atmosphere