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The Skeleton Man (Philip Dryden) by Jim Kelly
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: B003GFIW7Y
Date: 08 January 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Philip Dryden, a British Journalist, is writing an article on the abandoned Fen Village of Jude's Ferry. The army is using it for military exercises involving the shelling of selected targets. A bomb explodes beside the New Ferry Inn, exposing a cellar. Within it, the skeletal remains of a man are found hanging from a hook; he is the victim of an execution. Soon afterwards, other lives are put in jeopardy and even lost as Dryden's investigation leads him closer to those responsible for the hanging.

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Product Description: For seventeen years, the English hamlet of Jude's Ferry has lain abandoned, used only for army training exercises. Before then, the isolated, thousand-year-old community was famous for one thing---having never recorded a single crime. But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the army on practice maneuvers in the empty village, its spotless reputation is literally blown apart. Artillery fire reveals a hidden cellar beneath the old pub, and inside the cellar hangs a skeleton, a noose around its neck. No one knows---or will say---who the victim was.

Two days later, a terrified man is pulled from the reeds of a nearby river, with no idea of who he is or how he got there. The only name he can remember is "Jude's Ferry."

As Dryden searches for the secret history of the dead town, he is also witnessing a kind of rebirth: Seven years after the accident that nearly killed her, his wife, Laura, is finally emerging from coma and paralysis to begin a semblance of normal life. But will that semblance be enough for her---or for Dryden?

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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