The Second Death

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The Second Death

Authored by Caleb Peiffer
Edition: 1

Meet Pattrick Clayton, a farmer in a somnolent Lancaster town, affable, charming, loved by all. Since his father died, and since he lost his brother in the World War, he has struggled to come to terms with the death that pitilessly pursues him. It only becomes worse when, to add to his grief, his aunt is found dead in her home. Not a year has passed since the armistice, and the beloved town gossip has been poisoned-and to all appearances, she poisoned herself.

Pattrick can't believe it any more than the rest of the Claytons, no matter what the police say. Investigations continue, but before any one can make up their mind, another death strikes the family, this time even closer to home. And this time there's no doubt-it's murder.

From the nearby city of Philadelphia comes retired private inquiry agent, Leo Westmacott. At first he's only an old family friend come to pay his respects; but there's no turning his back when duty calls, and soon he's playing the role of sleuth once again. Now he has to readjust himself to the detection game and get to the bottom of these murders. The complaisant Pattrick Clayton agrees to help, and they are soon joined by Leo's dependable secretary, the charming Miss Slaytor. The deeper they inquire into the lives and minds of the people of Mockingbird, the more they realize that life is no more innocent, no more docile, and no less dangerous in the country than on the backstreets of Philadelphia. Where human nature resides, danger lurks. . . .

Flavored with heart and steeped with wisdom, The Second Death is more than a study in murder and mystery but in loss, family, friendship, and death itself. A vivid cast of characters will light your way along an ingenious maze of secrecy and deception while the enigmatic Leo Westmacott will leave you completely in the dark until the final moment.

Publication Date:
1482563355 / 9781482563351
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

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