True Witness by Jo Bannister

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A teenage boy is beaten to death on Dimmock's derelict pier. Detective Jack Deacon is convinced they have the murderer; he just needs a positive identification to lock him up for good. But the only witness is astronomer Daniel Hood, in his own way a man as determined as Jack.

Compelling as the circumstantial evidence is against the suspected killer, Daniel cannot be certain that this was the man he saw from his window. Nothing anybody says - or does - can convince him to take the easy way out and implicate a man without satisfying his own conscience first.

With the whole town baying for blood, the only person who understands is Brodie Farrell, who steps in to defend her friend. Using her uncanny knack for "finding things," perhaps she can unravel part of this mystery and ease Daniel's burden. . .

A taut, compelling exploration of love and honor, True Witness is the exciting new crime novel featuring Brodie Farrell and Daniel Hood.

 

About Jo Bannister

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JO BANNISTER began her career as a journalist after leaving school at sixteen to work on a weekly newspaper. She was shortlisted for several prestigious awards and worked as an editor for some years before leaving to pursue her writing full time. She lives in Northern Ireland, and spends most of her spare time with her horse and dog, or clambering over archaeological sites. Her last thriller, Death in High Places, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award.
 
Published December 2, 2002 by Minotaur Books. 216 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With nothing left to lose, tormented Daniel, half-wishing his identification wrong, decides to check his memory by confronting Cochrane face to face—and that’s when Bannister (Echoes of Lies, 2001, etc.) springs the first of several chilling surprises.

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Daniel Hood, a sweet bachelor math teacher who's still recovering from his last encounter with danger (in 2001's Echoes of Lies), finds himself once again dealing with the consequences of a crime, in this poignant and chilling psychological thriller by British veteran Bannister.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Daniel refuses to identify the man Deacon has indicated because that is not the man he saw.

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