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By Andrew Taylor

'Brilliantly atmospheric' - Observer

Broken Voices is a 23,000-word novella, written particularly for Kindle Singles. A chilling ghost tale, it really is set 100 years in the past in an East Anglian cathedral urban. lonely schoolboys on the finish of youth are pressured into an undesirable companionship. one among them is petrified of what the long run holds.

Does tune have its ghosts? Its sufferers? anything is stirring within the cathedral that either echoes an old tragedy and turns out to supply an opportunity of destiny happiness. something is sure. damaged voices make fake grants. And their lies may perhaps end up deadly.

Amdrew Taylor is a British crime and old novelist whose books contain the overseas bestseller, the yankee Boy (a Richard-and-Judy selection), and the Roth Trilogy (filmed for television as Fallen Angel). between his many awards are the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Excellence in crime writing. His new novel is The odor of demise (February 2013).

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Thór∂ur the Baptist was a large man of imposing presence, with the kind of face whose chin seemed to have been pushed up forcibly from below, and an exceptionally wellformed Roman nose which curved down towards the cleft in the chin. His mouth was so tightly closed when he was not holding forth that his lips disappeared somewhere inside his mouth and were nowhere to be seen; but on his upper lip, the weakest and most insignificant part of the whole person, there sprouted a short and extremely well-trimmed moustache.

He was never one of those who dried fish on a scale large enough to trade with merchants and accumulate gold and silver in a chest and then suddenly start buying up land or plots of 14 THE FISH CAN SING ground or taking shares in a decked ship, as was then becoming the fashion. Nothing like that. When the weather was fine it was his custom to row out to sea early in the morning from the landing place at Grófin or Bótin, with one or two helpers in his boat, and put his nets out somewhere just beyond the islands—or at the very most, perhaps, they / might paddle the boat out as far as Svi∂.

But what made me sure that this was another peat-thief on the way was the strange circumstance that this frock-coated man, who seemed at a distance to be one of the gentry in every respect, was carrying on his back a gunny sack stuffed with what looked to me like peats; but to cut a long story short, it was not peats he was carrying on his back, but Bibles–and that was all the luggage he had. I shall say nothing about how it happened that a frock-coated gentleman arriving from abroad on the steamship itself should make straight for our turf cottage at the outermost edge of W H AT I S T H E VA L U E .

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