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Blood Lines

A short story collection published by Hutchinson in


Murder itself is not interesting. It is the impetus to murder, the passions and terrors which bring it to pass and the varieties of feeling surrounding the act that make of a sordid or revolting event compulsive fascination.

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This collection of long and short stories probes the patterns of everyday life to pinpoint the frailties, the desires of deception, and the guilty secrets of human beings.

It begins with “Blood Lines”, a story featuring Chief Inspector Wexford, and ends with “The Strawberry Tree”, a novella-length tale of lost innocence set on the island of Majorca.

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Footnotes

  1. The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind, Jonathan Cape 1995. ↩︎

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