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Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister
Cover Artist: Photo: Joan Vincent Canto Roig/Getty Images
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250023445
Date: 19 March 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In the small, British town of Norbold, the lonely, withdrawn Gabriel Ash has been nicknamed Rambles with Dogs because he converses with his dog, Patience. Ash is attacked by teenage thugs and given a prison cell in Meadowvale until he can recover from a slight concussion. While behind bars, he befriends a black law student, Jerome Cardy, who is afraid he is going to be murdered. Jerome's fears come true when he is locked inside a cell with a crazed racist, Barking Mad Barclay. With the aid of an attractive police constable, Hazel Best, Ash investigates Jerome's murder and uncovers a conspiracy that could destroy more lives, including their own.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold's newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell the whole story, do they?

Jerome Cardy knew he was going to die. He also knew that it would be made to appear like an accident. He might not be able to prevent it, but Jerome was determined to make sure that someone knew what was going to happen--even if that someone was a man with a concussion lying with his dog  in a jail cell next to him.

After Jerome is found beaten to death by a fellow inmate in another cell, Ash is unable to forget Jerome's last awkward words to him: "I had a dog once. Othello. That was its name. Othello." Certain there is a hidden message in these words, Ash is determined to discover the truth. But it won't be easy--no one believes his account of that night. And Hazel Best must decide whether pursuing the truth is worth her career.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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