It's hard to be a thirteen-year-old in this tight-knit South London community. On a hot August night, the boy meets his neighbor a recently-widowed woman who would become his muse...and his greatest betrayal yet. He does not know this, but it will happen...and it will tear his world apart.
In the present, Gemma Jones has just gone back to work after her husband takes a leave of absence to care for their foster daughter. Now, it's time for her first case since taking the girl home: a man, found tied, broken, and alone in a London hotel room. What follows is a story of betrayal and honor, of lust and love.
As it twists and turns, Gemma begins to wonder what she really knows of the world...and of the seedy things in it. Will she be able to fight her demons, and solve the mysteries, or will her rocked worldview destroy her profession as a detective forever?
The Sound of Broken Glass is a riveting mystery adventure that is sure not to disappoint any mystery lover.
Deborah Crombie is a well-known mystery author. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, her grandmother taught her to read at a young age. What blossomed from those lessons was a love of reading that would follow her well into her later years. She attended Rice university, and did a brief stint in advertising and marketing before quitting to become a full-time author. She is a one-time winner of the Macacity award for best novel, awarded to her in 2010.
In the past…
On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary 13-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.
In the present…
On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a murder investigation team in South London, she’s assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case: a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim: a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma’s team must find his companion—a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.
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