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Coffin on the Water

ISBN13: 9780312291716
ISBN: 031229171X
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $18.99
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Published Date:
Edition 1st
Pages: 196
Average Goodreads rating: 3.48/5 (5 ratings)

British writer Butler has crafted a grim tale that unsuccessfully blends murder with social commentary. In 1946, newly promoted detective-constable John Coffin arrives in Greenwich to take up his post. Soon after, the body of a young woman floats down the Thames to South London. It quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary murder: the victim has been strangled, stabbed and mutilated. Attached to the body is a note reading "Present for my mother," a reference to former actress Rachel Esthart, whose son drowned under mysterious circumstances 17 years previously, and who has just received a postcard promising an imminent gift from the boy, whose death she has never acknowledged. Then two other bodies are found in the river, murdered in the same brutal way.