Jim Kelly is a journalist and education correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. The Water Clock, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002.
In the bleak, snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a man's mutilated body is discovered in a block of ice. High up on Ely Cathedral a second body is discovered, grotesquely riding an ancient stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse, it seems, has been there for more than thirty years.Philip Dryden, lead reporter for the local newspaper The Crow, knows he's onto a great story when forensic evidence links both victims to one terrifying crime in 1966. But the story also offers Dryden the key to a very personal mystery. Who saved his life after a car crash one foggy night two years ago
What's not to like about a crime novel that incorporates the illegal smuggling of immigrants, trafficking in low-grade porn, suggestions of incest, a deathbed confession, an airplane disaster, and crucial clues supplied by a coma patient? All of that, plus threats directed against the journalist determined to get to the bottom of this sordid nightmare. Returning to England's Cambridgeshire Fens district, the setting for his debut novel, The Water Clock, Jim Kelly introduces us, in The Fire Baby, to Maggie Beck, who as a teenager in 1976 was one of only two survivors of a U.S. Air Force transp
For seventeen years, the Cambridgeshire hamlet of Jude's Ferry has lain abandoned, requisitioned by the Government for military training. In its thousand-year-old history, it had been famous for one thing — never having recorded a single crime. But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the Territorial Army on exercise in the empty village, its spotless history is literally blown apart. For the TA's shells reveal a hidden cellar beneath the old pub. And inside the cellar hangs a skeleton, a noose around its neck... Two days later, a man is pulled from the reeds in the river near Ely —
<DIV><DIV>“Ever since the days of Agatha Christie, the great divide in the British detective story has been between plot and character…The novels of Jim Kelly are. . . a find.” —The New York Times Book Review Rookie detective Peter Shaw teams up with his father’s tough expartner to investigate both a gruesome series of present-day murders and some unfinished business from the past.</DIV></DIV>