Before I knew what they were about they had me off the 9:20 train from Harrow and on to the train named Corruption. I say ‘they’, but these people had my co-operation. I played a great character in the plot of my own destruction. We all do, granted, but not everyone assists, insists, even, you could say, the way I did.
I musn’t be bitter because I had, after all had quite a lot of pleasure along the way. Or it seemed like pleasure at the time, the sweet and sour inevitably get mixed. I am the centre of it all, I thought, without recognising my egotism. I am at the centre and the police and their investigation are peripheral.
But shift the position a little and you will see the police are the hub and I am on the periphery, just a tiny object spinning round and round at the edge of a greater wheel.
This book was written way back in 1974, is also known as ‘Olivia’ and is book 17 out of 34, in the John Coffin series.
Ostensibly, way back some 40 years ago, police procedural and murder / mysteries, were conducted and consequently written about in a much more sedentary fashion and using much more ‘flowery’ and descriptive language.
The first lines of this book definitely seem to support this theory, with their descriptiveness and depth and although there is really no true sense of storyline in these opening words, I am definitely intrigued by them.
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