This Thing of Darkness

This Thing of Darkness

Book - 2009
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In the seventh book in the acclaimed Inspector Green series, an old man is found beaten to death on a street corner in Ottawa's Byward Market. Initially, the killing appears to be a mugging gone wrong. However, the mystery deepens when the victim is identified as Dr. Samuel Rosenthal, a retired psychiatrist with a contentious approach to life and treatment. Green discovers that the doctor recently changed his will to disinherit his estranged son and to benefit several former patients whom he believed he had failed. But who is the young mystery woman seen visiting Rosenthal's home every Saturday night? And more importantly, what does she know about the doctor's death? Green races to track down the young visitor, but he is unprepared for the final resolution, which leaves him grappling with the ultimate meaning of justice.

Publisher: Toronto : RendezVous Crime, c2009
ISBN: 9781894917858
Branch Call Number: F FRA NVD
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 20 cm


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Apr 01, 2014

Very good mystery. Suitable for teens. The story involves gangs, a disinherited son, a schizophrenic young woman, and her Jewish doctor who is murdered. Fradkin has a knack for throwing out many red herrings so that the reader doesn't know "whodun" it until the last pages. She also is very good at fleshing out characters with a detailed background, feelings, and motives. Now wonder Fradkin's novels have won awards.

Jan 12, 2013

The book, “This Thing of Darkness”, the seventh Inspector Green story, is centred around the beating to death of a retired Jewish psychiatrist in Ottawa’s Byward Market area. Inspector Green is now by rank and responsibility elevated above police field work but can’t help himself being involved in the case to the continuing irritation of the officer running the day-to-day operation. The suspects and the plot twists makes the reader stay tuned to the story as the case unwinds. The police team receives setbacks along the way as evidence fails to link up suspects to the crime and also as the work itself takes its toll. The finale leaves the reader left to consider what they might have done faced with similar morale choices.

Jun 09, 2011

Read while in the UK. Another enjoyable Insp. Green. This time about an old man beaten to death on the streets of Ottawa and Green has to find out who and why.

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