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Gone Tomorrow by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Gone Tomorrow (2001)

by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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Gone Tomorrow (Bill Slider #9)

Fraudio> rosado> narrated by Terry Wale
summer 2013> tbr busting 2013
series> police procedure
brit> eng> london
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Blurb: #9. Gone Tomorrow [2001], 11 hours 14 mins
When a body turns up in a gated Shepherd's Bush playground, DI Slider and his workaholic staff quickly realize that the victim was an unlikely candidate for murder. The baffling case of unlucky Lenny, a small-time dealer in stolen goods and drugs, blows open when, through a fortuitous but believable coincidence, Slider's sidekick and best friend, Det. Supt. Jim Atherton, discovers a connection between the victim and a mysterious crime syndicate. The meat of the story is how the methodical, intuitive Slider and his people identify the ringleader and unravel the mechanics of his organization, which ensures loyalty by viciously threatening its members.

3* Orchestrated Death (1991)
3* Death Watch (1992)
3* Death to Go (1993)
3* Dead End (1994)
3* Blood Lines (1996)
3* Killing Time (1996)
3* Shallow Grave
3* Blood Sinister
2* Gone Tomorrow (2001)

This number in the Bill Slider series only served to keep me up to date with the personal lives of the main players because the story lacked credibility.
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  mimal | Aug 26, 2013 |
Detective Inspector Bill Slider leads the investigation when a man is found dead in a Shepherd's Bush Park. The victim is found sitting in a child's swing with a stab wound to the heart, no identification and no weapon nearby, but with a wad of cash on him. Slider is sure it's murder and equally certain he and his team will eventually be displaced in the investigation by the Serious Crimes Group. But the murder happened on their turf, so Slider and his group get to work to solve the case before it's taken from them.

It turns out the victim is a small-time crook and local loser. But the more the team turns up, the more they're certain he was part of something larger and much more sinister. The case leads them all over, to meetings in seedy pubs with shady characters who provide information for money, and to even seedier offices and posh mansions alike. Then the body count starts to rise and the pressure's on the Shepherd's Bush cops to solve the case quickly.

The group surrounding Slider reminds me of the bunch at Ed McBain's 87th Precinct -- the casual camaraderie, the personal quirks, the general disdain for the department's hierarchy. They're all a bit concerned about Detective Superintendent Fred "The Syrup" Porson's absences from the office. And Slider's a bit worried about his romance with Joanna, a professional musician. She's on a tour to far-flung locations and Slider's not sure he wants a long-distance relationship.

Gone Tomorrow was the first Bill Slider mystery I've read, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it immensely. I thought Cynthia Harrod-Eagles created a wonderful sense of place and well-drawn characters. The plot moved along nicely, the dialogue was crisp, the resolution of both the crimes and the personal scenarios believable. I found some of British slang undecipherable, but some American slang is, too.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, February-March 2003 edition. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jan 23, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0751532274, Paperback)

In this ninth outing for the likeable detective, Inspector Bill Slider is called to cope with a disfigured corpse grotesquely left in a children's playground. His enquiries plunge him into the shadow world behind the fashionable facade of Shepherd's Bush, among the victims of the Welfare State and the crime barons who prey on them; a world where no-one is who he says he is, and lying to the police is second nature. Slider's thankless task is to convince the witnesses, against all available evidence, that honesty really is the best policy. And with his lover Joanna away, fate seems suddenly determined to strew his private life with temptations.

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The stabbed body of a well-dressed man is found slumped on a swing in a playground in the heart of Shepherd's Bush - Detective Inspector Bill Slider's patch. Slider's trail unearths the victim's sordid lifestyle of debts, drugs and dodgy deals. As the police probe deeper the body count rises and Slider suspects the machinations of a crime baron who will stop at nothing to keep his identity hidden. Slider's personal life is just as complicated but maybe when this investigation is over he'll find out just what it is that Joanna has been trying to tell him.… (more)

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