The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
A Chief Superintendent Simon Serailler Mystery

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Susan Hill's readers met the enigmatic and brooding Simon Serrailler in The Various Haunts of Men and got to know him better in the four mysteries that followed.

In The Betrayal of Trust, she has written the most chilling and unputdownable book yet. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave––and a skeleton––are exposed; twenty years on, the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. The case is reopened and Simon Serrailler is called in as Senior Investigating Officer. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night. She was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her mother had killed herself two years after she disappeared, unable to cope. Cold cases are always tough, and in this latest mystery in the acclaimed series from Susan Hill, Simon Serrailler is forced to confront his most grisly, dangerous, and complex case yet.
 

About Susan Hill

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Susan Hill is the author of the Black Beauty My Readers and many other beginning readers. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
Published November 10, 2011 by The Overlook Press. 365 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Quality-of-life issues figure prominently in Hill’s thought-provoking sixth procedural featuring Chief Supt. Simon Serrailler (after 2010’s The Shadows in the Street). Skeletal remains unearthed by a

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Skeletal remains unearthed by a torrential rainstorm that floods the English city of Lafferton are quickly identified as those of Harriet Lowther, a 15-year-old schoolgirl who disappeared 16 years earlier after last being seen at a bus stop.

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Susan Hill could have set out the arguments in the book’s situations and associated dialogue but chose, somewhat arbitrarily, to give every major character an angst-ridden link to someone ill, dying or dead through assisted suicide.

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DESPITE a 40-year back catalogue of literary novels, children’s books, Gothic chillers and detective fiction, Susan Hill has only recently found herself enshrined among the literati as a household name – a position evidenced by her current position as a Man Booker judge.

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It was the ambition of Dorothy L Sayers to write a crime novel with all the virtues of the mainstream literary novel.

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It was the ambition of Dorothy L Sayers to write a crime novel with all the virtues of the mainstream literary novel.

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