Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child

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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the chilling case of Brenda Scupham, a welfare mother who unwittingly hands her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, over to child abductors claiming to be social workers

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A child is missing. The terrifying case begins when a well-dressed couple, claiming to be social workers, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, saying they must take her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, into care after allegations of abuse. Confused and intimidated, Brenda consents. But when the couple, who identify themselves as Mr. Brown and Miss Peterson, fail to bring the child home, Brenda realizes she has made a horrible mistake.
Why would anyone want to abduct Gemma Scupham? Clearly she's not a ransom candidate, since she and her mother live in sordid circumstances and poverty. As the days go by with no sign of the child, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe, begin to lose hope of finding her alive. It's particularly strange that there were two abductors, a man and a woman. What kind of couple would kidnap and quite possibly murder an innocent child?
Banks must also investigate another case - a grisly, cold-blooded murder that leads him to points overseas and back again. Gradually, the two inquiries begin to converge in a fictional web as mesmerizing as it is chillingly entertaining.
In this sixth in the acclaimed Yorkshire-based series, award-winning author Peter Robinson gives us the best yet in a crime novel of unusual subtlety and power.

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& Taylor

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the chilling case of Brenda Scupham, a welfare mother who unwittingly hands her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, over to child abductors claiming to be social workers.

Publisher: New York : Scribner's : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780684196442
0684196441
Branch Call Number: MYS Robinson, P 100.6 1994
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm

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Jun 20, 2012

This is (I think) the 6th book in this wonderful mystery series. They are set in northern England in a small town in the Yorkshire Dales. I've read almost all the books in the series and found them all well-written and engrossing. Some are darker than others.

hermlou Dec 28, 2009

This is a tough read for anyne who loves children, for it is about an abduction. There are no graphic details, but the reader can imagine the child's feelings. Interesting characters and good plot.

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