The Pure in Heart Although heinous crimes often go unsolved in real life, that's never the case in fiction. Well, almost never. In Susan Hill's pensive mystery, Detective Chief… The Pure in Heart Although heinous crimes often go unsolved in real life, that's never the case in fiction. Well, almost never. In Susan Hill's pensive mystery, Detective Chief… 2007-11-01 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Overlook
Book Review

The Pure in Heart (2007)

The Pure in Heart
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 01, 2007; Writer: Susan Hill; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Overlook

Although heinous crimes often go unsolved in real life, that's never the case in fiction. Well, almost never. In Susan Hill's pensive mystery, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler — called back to his English cathedral town from a Venetian vacation — can't figure out who abducted a small boy, even after months of painstaking police work. He's also consumed with worry for his two sisters, one severely disabled, the other pregnant. And worse still, he's being stalked by a crazy ex-girlfriend. Hill is a fine writer, and, despite the lack of a crash-bang finale, The Pure in Heart ends on a brooding, downright ominous note. A-

Originally posted Nov 05, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints
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