New Rupert Thomson Novel!

I literally squealed when I saw the page in the catalog. It’s called Death of a Murderer and is due sometime in August 2007. Here’s what the catalog page says:

Rupert Thomson—a “true master,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle—now gives us his most powerful work yet, the story of a woman who, even after her death, inflames an entire nation, and the man who comes under her spell.

Having spent decades in prison for crimes gruesomely familiar to everyone in England, this murderer has finally died of natural causes but is no less notorious in death than she was in life. Bully Tyler, a career policeman, is assigned the task of guarding her body, which brings him, over the strident objections of his wife, to the hospital morgue, to make sure, he’s told, that nothing happens. What does happen, though, is a thorough recounting of his life, his complicated thoughts about violence in himself and society, the unease that distances him from marital disappointment and a damaged daughter, and of how, in his long night of the soul, this child-killer seems to speak out to him directly, and to know him more fully than anyone else. The questions that emerge, finally, should haunt us all: Whom do we love, and why? How do we protect our children? And what separates us from those we call monsters?

A gripping revelation of crime, of punishment—and of what we seek to hide, above all, from ourselves.

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