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Talking to the Dead: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Harry Bingham

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Title:Talking to the Dead: A Novel
Authors:Harry Bingham
Info:Delacorte Press (2012), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, mystery, Wales, detectives, murder, prostitution

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DC Fiona Griffiths is a dynamic, interesting character with a great narrative voice. A mentally disabled character, too, which makes her all the richer, because she isn't yet another cookie cutter character. The plot is good, mildly twisty, and populated with a host of interesting characters. There's no flinching when it comes to that moment in Fiona's life when she realizes that she is not safe, and no matter what she does, she will never be truly safe (And Griffiths is better able to defend herself than most). That's a bad moment in every woman's life, and we all have to keep on going, pretending we are safe. I appreciate the reality of that moment. ( )
  CaineBooks | Jan 4, 2015 |
I love a good mystery -- and lead characters with flaws -- so this novel was perfect! About a young detective constable in Wales who finds herself working a major murder case involving the death and beating of prostitutes, as well as drug-dealing, and more. Our young detective suffered a mysterious illness earlier in her life, which is not revealed shortly after the climatic end of the book. Good storytelling and strong characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Nov 25, 2014 |
I remember Ian Rankin commenting to a questioner at a book signing that he doesn't write about female protagonists because he feels that he can't get the female voice quite right; he added that he thought that was true of most other male writers as well. I had that in mind as I read Harry Bingham's excellent "Talking to the Dead". Not only does he get the voice "right", but he does it writing in the first person, which I imagine makes it a bit more of a challenge. Fiona is a very interesting copper, a member of the force in Cardiff for the past 2-3 years, a lowly DC. But Fi is bright and a hard worker. She doesn't hang around with the boys at the local pub, and consequently is the butt of numerous whispers and har-har-har's back at the station. She becomes involved in a case involving dead prostitutes which expands to include drugs, people trafficking, embezzlement, etc. There is a hint of past substance abuse problems for Fi and perhaps some other dark episodes to her past. The prose is well done and entertaining, Fi's observations are spot on and occasionall rather humorous. Characters are well developed, including Dave, aka "Buzz", a potential love interest. The tension builds nicely throughout, and includes some scenes that are both shocking and touching at the same time. The biggest flaw is a fairly common one, once again we have the hero charging in without calling for support first; it seems to me that could have been easily avoided given the well done climax the author had developed..I will definitely look forward to book #2 "Love Story with Murders". ( )
  maneekuhi | Feb 27, 2014 |
Almost a four but slow in places. ( )
  pharrm | Jan 3, 2013 |
I wasn't sure what to expect from Talking to the Dead, but I was blown away. D.C. Fiona Griffiths will be compared to Carol O'Connell's Mallory, but she's her own person with her own set of issues and weaknesses and many strengths. It's obvious from the beginning that something is off with her, but Mr. Bingham doesn't slam you over the head with her difference and this makes the mystery more compelling - the mystery of her and the mystery she's working to solve.

Fiona is a Cambridge graduate with a brilliant analytical mind. She finds her initial work on the police force stultifying - how interesting can forensic accounting really be when you aren't a forensic accountant? When a child and her mother are found dead in a squat, Fiona is captivated and begins to insert herself into the investigation finding unexpected links and causing lots and lots of mayhem.

Fiona isn't one note. Her character is well-developed and seeing the events of the book through her eyes is pretty amazing. Her intellect and attention to detail and essential vulnerability make you want to cheer her on and to protect her from herself and the rest of the world. With the beginnings of some great secondary characters, Mr. Bingham's got himself a great series going if he wants to continue the story. If he doesn't the work stands on its own. Much enjoyment to be had in reading this one! ( )
  kraaivrouw | Jan 3, 2013 |
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Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.

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