Dead Woman Walking
By Jessica Mann
Gillian Butler moved away from Edinburgh 50 years ago, or so her friends thought. When her murdered body is found, they must try to remember who last saw her alive. Perhaps it was Isabel, now a novelist and people-tracer, or the twice widowed Hannah, or the psychiatrist, Dr Fidelis Berlin, an expert on child abuse, abandonment, abduction and adoption, who had herself been an unidentified infant rescued from Nazi Germany and now hopes to discover her real name at last. Fidelis Berlin and other characters from Mann’s earlier books reappear in this tense, gripping tale of vengeance, family ties and the mystery of identity.
Jessica Mann is the author of 21 crime novels and 4 non-fiction books. As a journalist she has written for national newspapers, weeklies and glossy magazines. She is the crime fiction critic of The Literary Review. Jessica and her husband, the archaeologist Professor Charles Thomas, live in Cornwall.
Paperback, 192 pages. ISBN 9781908878069. A Kindle edition is also available.
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"This is a complex and chilling story, with many shifts of perspective and timeframe. The quality of the writing shines out. The question of changing identity is crucial — not just of individuals but of women in British society over the last half-century. Beneath it all is an elegiac note of regret, a sense of wrong choices with long consequences." — Andrew Taylor, The Spectator
"As ever with this author, the intelligent (and complex) texture of the novel matches its sheer storytelling nous." — Barry Forshaw, crimetime.co.uk
"Engaging, enthralling and hugely entertaining." — Frank Ruhrmund, Western Morning News
"There is a very striking climax, but this is also a novel of ideas, about feminism, family and literature … As you would expect with Jessica Mann, it's a very well-written as well as a poignant book, and I'm delighted to have read it." — Martin Edwards, Do You Write Under Your Own Name?