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Book Title: The Dead of Jericho|
The author of the book: Colin Dexter
Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780312185114
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I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and I am so satisfied now that I finally did. What a story! What characters!
This is the fifth book in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter, but you can read it as a standalone novel.
Our protagonist, Inspector Morse meets a young, attractive woman, Anne Scott at a party and gets attracted to her. Anne also reciprocates, but before things could move forward, Morse gets called off for a murder investigation. Some time passes by and driven by his loneliness, Morse finally pays her a visit in her home in Jericho – a not-so-posh neighbourhood. He could not meet Anne, and on the very same day our good inspector learns about her suicide.
Using his guile and subterfuge, Morse would bend the protocols to carry out his private investigation into the matter. Later he would be officially given charge of the matter. Assisted by his trustworthy aide, Sergeant Lewis, Morse sets out to crack this case and the case of another murder. No need to say that the said murder is related to Anne’s death, right!
Morse is ageing, drinks far too much, and suffers from loneliness. But he has a brilliant mind, loves literature, listens to music to forget his troubles and admires honesty in people. Lewis is an efficient man who is also very genuine.
The enjoyed the relationship between Morse and Lewis. Morse’s behavior towards the sergeant can be very mean at times, but Lewis is the man Morse wants to work with. Lewis also takes pride in working with Morse.
“Morse knew again at that moment exactly why he always wanted Lewis around. The man was so wholesome, somehow: honest, unpretentious, humble, almost, in his experience of philosophy and life. A lovable man; a good man. “
The novel is very well written. The mystery is excellent: there are plenty of red herrings, suspects and a sub-plot mirroring a Greek tragedy. The tragedy was by Sophocles, but I won’t say anything more! Almost every chapter starts with a literary quote by the likes of Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, Oscar Wilde and many others. Oh! There are some loose ends, which the author left to your imagination.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to lovers of whodunits. I look forward to other books in the series, especially to the Last Bus to Woodstock – the first book in the series. It’s a pity that there are only 14 books in the series.
I would end by saying that this book appears in the list - The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time published in 1990 by the UK based Crime Writers' Association (CWA). You can find the list here – (Link ).
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Read information about the authorNorman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.
He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday: "We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. It was a Saturday and it was raining - it's not unknown for it to rain in North Wales. The children were moaning ... I was sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of a potential detective novel." Last Bus to Woodstock was published in 1975 and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter's own enthusiasms. Dexter's plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herrings.
The success of the 33 episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between 1987 and 2001, brought further acclaim for Dexter. In the manner of Alfred Hitchcock, he also makes a cameo appearance in almost all episodes. More recently, his character from the Morse series, the stalwart Sgt (now Inspector) Lewis features in 12 episodes of the new ITV series Lewis. As with Morse, Dexter makes a cameo appearance in several episodes. Dexter suggested the English poet A. E. Housman as his "great life" on the BBC Radio 4 programme of that name in May 2008. Dexter and Housman were both classicists who found a popular audience for another genre of writing.
Dexter has been the recipient of several Crime Writers' Association awards: two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead in 1979 and The Dead of Jericho in 1981; two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and The Way Through the Woods in 1992; and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1997. In 1996 Dexter received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O-Level. In 1980, he was elected a member of the by-invitation-only Detection Club.
In 2000, Dexter was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature.
* Inspector Morse
Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger
◊ 1979: Service of all the Dead
◊ 1981: The Dead of Jericho
Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger
◊ 1989: The Wench is Dead
◊ 1992: The Way Through the Woods
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