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Author: Val McDermid
ISBN13: 978-0140288568
Title: A Place of Execution
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Language: English
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada, Limited; First Thus edition (2000)

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

Val mcdermid 3-BOOK bundle. A Place of Execution. Also by Val McDermid. This is an engrossing story, with its atmospheric portrait of a closed, inbred communit. Place of Execution is a substantial book and an impressive one, possibly the best McDermid has written, and it takes this most accomplished writer into higher territory’. SUSANNA YAGER, Sunday Telegraph. Beautifully writte. his book is not simply a puzzle; it is almost an archaeological delving into a multi-layered, enclosed society. It may be that McDermid will write better novels than this in the future, but I do not see how’. GERALD KAUFMAN, Daily Telegraph

A Place of Execution is a very appropriate title for this book, and Val McDermid is an accomplished executioner. The book is absorbing and suspenseful, and Val McDermid does an excellent job evoking the feel of a rural hamlet that's heavily inbred. A basic menu of physical characterstics is scattered among the residents, who have little ambition beyond working their land and taking care of their animals. who better not come back.

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Val McDermid is the guy behind this classic novel. The story begins in the cold night of December and the year was 1963. When the thirteen-year-old girl, Alison Carter found missing from the town. George Bennett was the inspector who appointed here after her recent promotion to inspector rank. He is very confused and there is no head of crime where he begins the investigation.

A Place of Execution spans the years from 1963 when Alison went missing up to 1998 when Catherine Heathcote, a journalist decided to write a book about the case. It had Bennett’s first major investigation and he’d been determined to find out what had happened to Alison. I realised towards the end of the book that the way that Val McDermid has structured the book allows for a great deal of deception and that things are not always what they seem. I loved it and I shall definitely be reading more of her books. Paperback, 624 pages.

Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for The Mermaids Singing. Her novel A Place of Execution won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

A Place of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

About book: A Place Of Execution by Val McDermidMy dad (who reads two, maybe three books a week) told me that this was the best mystery he’d read in a long time. With an endorsement like that, who was I to argue? He tossed the book my way and in no time, I was hooked. Author McDermid takes this true life case and weaves her story into such a compelling tale of unanswered questions, piles of red herrings and an ending that will honestly knock the air out of even a seasoned mystery-lover. I couldn’t put it down. tPhillip Hawkin, the newly arrived Squire of Scardale, having married into the web of that particular village, was a man destined for destruction.

Reviews: 7
I often like Val McDermid's books, but this one not so much. The same tale was told from several different perspectives and time frames - often a good thing, but not in this case. The main characters were well-developed and engaging, but we spent an excessive amount of time with each of them and their thoughts. It was tedious and boring. The "what actually happened" ending was predictable about half-way through and relied completely on an unrealistic coincidence, which just made me roll my eyes. I lightly skimmed the last half of the book (a sentence or two per page) since I wanted to know if my guess concerning the truth of the event was correct - it was.
I first read "A Place of Execution" over ten years ago, as my introduction to Val McDermid's books. I consider it one of my top five favorite crime novels (along with Peter Robinson's "In a Dry Season"). I value a strong sense of place almost as much as compelling characters, and this tale has both in abundance. Rereading it was a treat. The ending is a complete knockout (resist the urge to skip to the end). My highest recommendation!
"You shall be taken in the place from whence you came, and thence to a place of lawful execution, and there you shall be hanged by the neck until you be dead..."

A 13 year old girl has gone missing in a small insular English village - a village like a small medieval fiefdom that does not deal well with outsiders. A body cannot be found, but there is an accumulation of circumstantial evidence. This is a police and judicial procedural novel. It follows the case through investigation, charges and arrest, trial and execution. You would think at that point it is at an end.

But then there is book two, taking place 35 years later. A woman is writing a book about the case. Sometimes when you dig into the past you can dig too deep. Most of us were involved with things as children, or knew about things, that were not discussed outside the small group we associated with. It is sometimes better to let sleeping dogs lie, and take some knowledge to the grave. But something is discovered that requires explanation. So what do you do at that point?

This is a well written story with a lot of detail. It is not a quick read. It will give you a good picture of the English justice system, but there is more than one form of justice. It will also give you a good picture of a tight knit group of people who prefer to handle their own problems in their own way.
Very exciting book. This is the first book I have read by Val McDermid. It takes you right into the English villages and homes. It gives you the feeling of being there. The plot has many twists and turns, and an unexpected outcome. Police Detective George Bennett, who handled the case of the missing, in all probability, murdered, 13 year old girl, let this case so take over his life, that years later, strange new information causes him to have a heart attack that almost kills him. The strange village where the child went missing, blood found, some of the child's clothing found, the desperation to get information, and then the killer is found, but other facts get in the way later. This book is hard to put down.
On C-SPAN, I recently saw an interview with Shelby Foote, the wonderful writer and Civil War expert. He said that he thought rereading books was very helpful in really understanding the story. He said that when first reading a book there was, of course, much emphasis on finding out exactly where the story was going. But when a book was reread, the reader could concentrate on the smaller things and nuances of the writer. When rereading, the reader knows the "big picture" and pays more attention to details.
After hearing that, I happen to come upon my copy of A Place of Execution and decided to reread it. I had initially read it last year and thought it was one of the best books I had ever come across. I thought reading it again would hopefully confirm my feelings about the book. And, according to Mr. Foote, I would find smaller things in the story that I had overlooked in my first reading.
I have just finished my second reading. I can't remember when I have ever been so totally engossed in a story (especially the second time through!). There are so many distractions with daily life that intrude constantly - yet all of a sudden I would look at the clock and realize I had been reading uninterruped for hours.
I find A Place of Execution a totally fascinating read. Val McDermid does a wonderful job of telling the story. The switching of time frames from the present to 35 years ago and then back to the present is done seamlessly. The actual story of the missing 13 year old girl is interesting on its own. After the outcome of the trial, I was so delighted to find that there was still 1/4 of the book left - meaning that there were some wonderful unexpected things left to be heard about the case.
The last 1/4 of the book indeed does really make this book special. There are delicious twists that the story takes that are great. It puts it head and shoulders above most of the many mysteries that I have read. I have read other Val McDermid books and some of them were ok. But none even come close to this masterpiece.
It simply doesn't get any better than this. Val McDermid is one writer I will never give up on (and she provides scant motivation to do so). This standalone book is densely plotted and moves right along, but the reader needs to take the time to keep track of the many and various village and police department members. By the time you go off the precipice that is the ending of this book, you'll be glad you did. In addition to this book, I'd like to also recommend McDermid's Tony Hill series starting with "The Mermaids Singing" and "The Wire in the Blood". "The Last Temptation" wasn't up to par compared to these, but was readable and it left the door open for yet another book in this fine series so it wasn't all bad. But I'd give "A Place of Execution" six stars if I could. Just super.

November 2008 update: Just read this again. Even knowing the ending didn't diminish the story. The pleasure in the beautiful plotting and the clues that are everywhere for us to see (and ignore) made the journey worthwhile all over again.