The Soul of Discretion

The Soul of Discretion

Large Print - 2015
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From the outside, the cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. It suffers from the same kinds of crime, is subject to the same pressures from a rapidly changing world, and has the same hopes and fears as any number of towns up and down the land. When Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieran Bright, he is met by two plainclothes officers, who ask him to take the principal role in a difficult, potentially dangerous undercover operation. He must leave town immediately, without telling anyone, not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him. Meanwhile, Simon's sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work, as Lafferton's hospice closes its bedded units, and at home, as her daughter is presented with a glittering opportunity that they would have to struggle to afford. And all is not well with Simon and Cat's stepmother, Judith, either. To complete his special operation, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. This takes its toll on Simon and, as the investigation unfolds, also on the town and some of its most respected citizens.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410476784
Characteristics: 507 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Feb 25, 2019

I'm never quite sure if I really like Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler mysteries, as he's often objectionable and makes me feel like throwing something at him. The books are very well written and I usually can't put them down, but afterwards I wonder if I actually want to read another story in the series. I think that her topics have become darker over the years and this one is very dark.

Sep 04, 2016

Couldn't bring myself to finish it and I finish everything. Bad!

tomato Mar 01, 2015

I love this series, but "Soul of Discretion", while eminently readable, isn't up to Hill's previous novels about Simon Serrailler. Subject matter not your typical mystery, and bringing family members into the thick of it just isn't "on".

Feb 10, 2015

Not one of her best.

Oct 24, 2014

No.Not this one.The old saying never judge a book by its cover applies. The cover is beautiful.. The contents, sordid to say the least. Susan Hill writes so very well and never dodges contentious issues but this one I think goes a step too far. I have read the series and I did request this latest Simon Serrailler novel. There are rave reviews. I, on the other hand feel like the little boy in the story of The Emperor's new clothes.I am not waiting for the next installment if there is one.Unlike the others in the series, this one has a bad feeling of hopelessness about it.I think she should call it a day.... Having said that, while not changing my opinion at all about the subject matter, in the light of what
has happened here recently with a similar character in real life, she got the psychopath's personality absolutely right.

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