The Water Clock by Jim Kelly
(Journalist Philip Dryden, 1)

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In the bleak, snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a man's mutilated body is discovered in a block of ice. High up on Ely Cathedral a second body is discovered, grotesquely riding an ancient stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse, it seems, has been there for more than thirty years.

Philip Dryden, lead reporter for the local newspaper The Crow, knows he's onto a great story when forensic evidence links both victims to one terrifying crime in 1966. But the story also offers Dryden the key to a very personal mystery. Who saved his life after a car crash one foggy night two years ago---and who left his wife, Laura, in a ditch to die? As he continues his painful visits to Laura, who has been locked in a coma ever since the accident, Dryden's search for the truth takes on ever increasing urgency. The answers will bring him face to face with his own guilt, his own fears---and a cold and ruthless killer.

This brilliant and evocative murder mystery, which was shortlisted for Britain's John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of the year, marks Jim Kelly as the new master of suspense.

About Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly is the education correspondent for The Financial Times in London. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his wife, biographer Midge Gillies, and their daughter Rosa.
Published January 1, 2002 by Michael Joseph. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When he connects it to the desiccated corpse that’s been languishing among the Ely Cathedral gargoyles for 30 years, the last time the roof was inspected, and ties both fatalities to the horrific “Crossroads” robbery of 1966 and dishonor amongst thieves fallen out, Laura begins moving.

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It has been undiscovered because it is on a piece of roof that cannot be easily seen either from the ground or from above, so in all those years, no roofer has noticed the skeleton cuddled behind the gargoyle.

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Philip Dryden was driving while his spouse Laura slept when another vehicle smacked his car sending it over the edge into the icy water below.

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