Since her award-winning debut, Minette Walters has cemented her reputation as one of the most exciting crime fiction writers today. Published to critical acclaim throughout the world, each new book reaches the top of the Australian bestseller list and she has been a guest of several Australian literary festivals. Minette lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.
Unlike the protagonist of Walters's novel, Vance may not be suffering from a split personality. Still Vance's cabinet of voices - each with its own timbre, character, accent and persona - accurately reflects the multifaceted aspect of Walters's book. Her hero, a wounded British veteran of the war in Iraq who returns home with no recollection of his service, is carefully documented through doctors' accounts and conversations with family members and others. Vance is a gifted enough mimic that one occasionally forgets that all these voices are emerging from the same throat. Some of the nuance - of British class and education, or lack thereof, as coded in the relative width or narrowness of vowels and consonants - may be lost on some American listeners, but it demonstrates Vance's expertise. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 26, 2007). (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.