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The Sleeping and the Dead [Paperback]

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"A suspenseful crime story that puts Ms. Cleeves in the Rendell class."-Peterborough Evening Telegraph

"Cleeves again excels in her sense of place in this cleverly plotted psychological thriller."-The Times (London)

"Cleeves writes with an easy directness that brings alive the tensions in a place where everyone knows everyone else and nothing can be forgotten."-The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Ann Cleeves has written a lot of crime novels and collected many admirers without making the kind of headlines that some less skillful authors have achieved."-The Sunday Telegraph (London)

Detective Peter Porteous has been called to Cranwell Lake, where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After trawling through missing persons files, he deduces that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive eighteen-year-old reported missing in 1972.

Prison librarian Hannah Morton is about to get the shock of her life. For Michael was her boyfriend, and she was with him the night he disappeared. The news report that his body has been found brings back dreaded and long-buried memories from her past and begins a deadly chain of events.

Ann Cleeves grew up in the British countryside, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon. After dropping out of university, she took a number of temporary jobs before going back to college and training to be a probation officer. In 2006 she won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (formerly the Gold Dagger Award) for best crime novel of the year for Raven Black.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Bloody Brits Press
ISBN  1932859411  
ISBN13  9781932859416  

Availability  0 units.

More About Ann Cleeves

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's VERA and BBC One's SHETLAND. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for "Raven Black", the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

Ann Cleeves currently resides in Northumberland.

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Excellent read  Sep 2, 2008
I'm new to Ann Cleeves, having finished and loved Raven Black. I picked this up while waiting for her next in that series, and was very glad that I did so. This is a tense, fascinating character study that never forgets to interconnect the various strands of the mysteries together, while keeping the readers' interest throughout. The point of view shifts between protaganists at just the right times. I enjoyed the detective thoroughly and hope to encounter him again, though am not sure Ms. Cleeves kept up with thim. It is a refreshing change from standard American police procedurals - readers will be richly rewarded.
British mystery at its finest.  May 30, 2008
Cleeves fills this book with captivating British characters. A dead body that has been in the lake for 30 years, a prison librarian, a rebellious daughter all entwined in the mystery surrounding the body. This book was hard to put down, I finished it in one reading. Lots of surprises.

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