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A relic of war

Author: Peter Rawlinson
Publisher: London : Constable, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mordecai Ledbury, crippled, ugly and saturnine, the most famous advocate of his day and a man with many enemies, spends a night in a dilapidated old house where his family once lived, hoping to discover what event in her early life had turned his mother into an embittered woman, full of malice." "By morning, outside the bedroom where Mordecai was sleeping, a masked intruder lies dead, the back of his head blown off  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Rawlinson
ISBN: 1841197807 9781841197807
OCLC Number: 55236069
Description: 204 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Peter Rawlinson.

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Mordecai returns to his childhood home to discover what event turned his mother into a monster. By morning a masked intruder lies dead, the back of his head blown off by a heavy calibre pistol.  Read more...

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