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Strained Relations - Alison Cairns
1983 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
No inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square with clean contents and boards
The jacket has just minor shelf rubs to extremities
Detective Sergeant Golspie investigates investigates a mystery superbly set in and around a small Cornish village
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The afternoon of Thursday July 16 was one of intense humidity and heat. As temperatures soared all over the country, Londoners stripped and showered under the fountains in Trafalgar Square. On motorways overheated vehicles were pulled over on to the hard shoulder, their drivers sweating and swearing in impotent frustration. Around the ragged coastline of the West Country the seas lay becalmed, benign and blue; and tourists in their thousands rushed like lemmings to every cove and creek: to crush and crowd, to splash and squeal and swim, in joyful celebration. In the village churchyard on a slope above Treskellan the flowers on a yet unsettled grave wilted and dropped in a dying flame of scarlet and gold: the grave of Sebastian Quinn, beloved doctor, bonvivant, and father of Russell, of Christopher and of Alexis. Christopher Quinn was teaching history at the seat of learning administered by the Inner London Education Authority known as the James Barncroft Comprehensive School; this out of respect for a local councillor prematurely dead through excess of devotion to the demands of local government. The school had been built in the late 'sixties, a glass and concrete affirmation of the belief that in education could be found the antidote to most of the evils of deprivation found in a district well on the road to inner city decay. A worthy, if mistaken, belief. The catchment area which fed its young to Barncroft Comprehensive embarked on a peaceful policy of nonco-operation with all attempts to have its aspirations moved

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