THE GRAVEYARD POSITION

Robert Barnard, Author . Scribner $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7432-5346-8

Spiritualist Clarissa Cantelo's death reunites her surviving family members, an eccentric clan guarding some dark secrets, in this blackly comic whodunit from prolific British author Barnard (A Cry from the Dark ). When Clarissa's nephew and heir, lawyer Merlyn Docherty, who's been living in Brussels, resurfaces after two decades, his relatives challenge his claim; everyone thought he was long dead. Motivated by self-preservation to probe the Cantelo family's twisted dynamics and complex alliances, Merlyn slowly pieces together a pattern that hints at conspiracies and sexual deviancy. An attempt on his life that claims another's suggests he's getting too close to the truth for someone's comfort. Fans of classic murder puzzles will be delighted by the careful hiding of clues in plain sight. Few writers of contemporary mysteries can equal Barnard's ability to meld a clever fair-play plot with satire. Agent, Jane Gregory at Gregory & Co. (May 3)

FYI: Barnard has won Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards as well as the C.W.A.'s Cartier Diamond Dagger Award.

Reviewed on: 04/11/2005
Release date: 05/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
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Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-1-59722-070-5
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