The Water Clock
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quartzite - LibraryThing
This book had a good mystery plot, interesting characters, and a strong sense of place. Overall it was pretty good, but it was marred by several implausibilities. The "wife in a coma" conceit was a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mmignano11 - LibraryThing
Jim Kelly's first book,"The Water Clock," was an enjoyable read. His characters were quite deliberately cast in their roles as co-workers, friends and enemies. Their physical traits and tics were part ... Read full review