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Susan Hill’s series of crime novels featuring Simon Serrailler has been extremely, and deservedly, successful. The latest one, Going Down of the Sun, is well up to standard, and a must for all fans. It is out in paperback and is priced at 18.50 euros.
It is late October, and the inhabitants of the Cathedral town of Lafferton, England, are getting ready for the Remembrance Day parade. This year will be grander than usual because of a VIP visitor. Leonard Cramm is preparing himself, as he always does. His grandfather was a hero of the First World War and his father a hero of the Battle of Britain.
But then, a couple walking their dogs go into a copse on the outskirts of the town, and one of them breaks an ankle after falling over something deep in the undergrowth. Remembrance takes on a different aspect, and Simon Serrailler, who has recently been promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent, faces a terrifying situation, in which a great many lives are threatened, not least his own.