An Empty Death: Book summary and reviews of An Empty Death by Laura Wilson

An Empty Death

A Thriller

By Laura Wilson

An Empty Death
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011,
    432 pages.

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Summer, 1944. After almost five years of conflict, London's inhabitants are exhausted.  War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case. Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Someone has discarded their own identity, and that someone is on a killing spree.

Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, who is working at the local recovery center, is also running on fumes. When a bombed-out woman shows up, declaring that the man claiming to be her husband is an imposter, Jenny blames the woman’s confusion on shock. The reality, however, is much stranger and far more dangerous...

Ultimately, for both Stratton and Jenny perhaps there is only one thing they can really trust: their fear. And for one of them, that fear may prove to be all too real. An Empty Death is a thoroughly riveting thriller.

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"[A] heart-wrenching, life-and-death drama involving Stratton's wife and culminates in an unexpected plot twist." - Kirkus

"[An] over-the-top ending vitiates almost all the emotional force of the novel's opening." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Fans of the moody historical mysteries by Charles Todd and Rennie Airth will enjoy discovering a new author." - Library Journal

"...all the strands are meticulously handled, and different readers will find different threads that they feel are most compelling." - Booklist

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Laura Wilson Author Biography

The British author Laura Wilson was brought up in London and has degrees in English literature from Somerville College, Oxford, and UCL, London. She lives in Islington, London, where she is currently working on her twelfth novel. She is the crime fiction reviewer for the Guardian newspaper and teaches on the City University Crime Thriller Novel Creative Writing MA course.

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