Echoes of the Dead (A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery)
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The third book featuring DCI Monika Paniatowski - When a recently released prisoner claims in a deathbed confession that he is innocent of the rape and murder of a young girl for which he was convicted twenty-two years earlier, DCI Monika Paniatowski is tasked to lead an unofficial investigation into his claims. At first she is reluctant, but when she learns that her old mentor Charlie Woodend was the lead detective in the case, she knows she must do everything she can to protect his reputation . . .
resemblance to living persons is purely coincidental. This ebook produced by Palimpsest Book Production Limited, Falkirk, Stirlingshire Contents PART ONE PROLOGUE ONE TWO PART TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN PART THREE ELEVEN TWELVE THIRTEEN FOURTEEN FIFTEEN SIXTEEN SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN NINETEEN TWENTY TWENTY-ONE TWENTY-TWO TWENTY-THREE TWENTY-THREE TWENTY-FOUR TWENTY-FIVE TWENTY-SIX EPILOGUE PART ONE Whitebridge, October 1973 PROLOGUE
Woodend says. ‘How do you think they got there?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘What a lot of things you seem not to know,’ Woodend ponders. ‘You don’t know how Lilly was snatched from the street without anybody noticin’. You don’t know whether forensics will find blood on your stall. There are so many things you don’t know that it would take me all day to list them.’ He slams his hand down hard on the table. ‘You’re either very stupid or just pretending to be very stupid. It’s obvious to us that there’s
hope. An’ though I didn’t expect a confession right away, I was convinced we’d get one in the end.’ Bannerman looks up at the big clock on the wall. ‘Do you know, I’m really feeling quite hungry, sir,’ he says to Woodend. He turns to the suspect. ‘Are you feeling hungry yourself, Fred?’ ‘A bit,’ Howerd lies. ‘Well then, let’s get this wrapped up, so we can all have something to eat, shall we?’ Bannerman suggests. ‘Mind you,’ he continues, almost as an afterthought, ‘after I’ve told you what’s
another.’ Hall took another sip. ‘As I said, I don’t want to drag you through all the painful details again. What I’m really interested in is the visit that the Scotland Yard men made to you back then. There were two of them, weren’t there?’ ‘That’s right,’ Mrs Dawson agreed. ‘One was Chief Inspector Woodend. I thought he was a nice man. I used to see him around town, after he moved back here, but somehow I could never bring myself to go up and speak to him.’ ‘Too painful for you, I expect,’
Dawson case.’ Despite herself, Paniatowski could not resist a smile. ‘Your confidential sources, in this case, being the local television news?’ she guessed. Shastri laughed. ‘Just so,’ she readily agreed. ‘And having received that information, it occurred to me that you might possibly, in the course of your investigations, have talked to Mrs Elizabeth Eccles, the daughter of the man who was falsely convicted of killing Lilly.’ ‘Yes, I talked to her,’ Paniatowski said, as an image of the