The Water Clock

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Macmillan, Dec 9, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
23 Reviews
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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Review: The Water Clock (Philip Dryden #1)

User Review  - Jazz - Goodreads

Interesting characters and setting made this a compelling read. Many subplots and backstories that all coincide at the end are neatly tied up. I may prefer this main character, Philip Dryden, who is ... Read full review

Review: The Water Clock (Philip Dryden #1)

User Review  - Cliff - Goodreads

I'm giving this 4* because I love the sense of place the author evokes. The Fens are a creepy place cross crossed by malignant looking rivers and drainage cuts. I felt the atmosphere throughout the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
23
Section 4
47
Section 5
53
Section 6
65
Section 7
75
Section 8
84
Section 13
166
Section 14
181
Section 15
187
Section 16
212
Section 17
223
Section 18
236
Section 19
253
Section 20
275

Section 9
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Section 10
114
Section 11
141
Section 12
154
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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About the author (2003)

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.

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