The Water Clock

Author(s): Jim Kelly


In the snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire fens, a body is discovered in a block of ice. The next day high on Ely Cathedral a second corpse is found, grotesquely "riding" a stone gargoyle. Philip Dryden knows he's on to a great story when evidence links both victims to an event in 1966.


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Shortlisted for CWA John Creasey Memorial Award 2002.

Philip Dryden is a senior reporter on the Crow, a paper based in Ely in the Cambridgeshire fen district. His life has been in disarray since Laura, his wife, was left in a coma following a bad car crash in which he could have drowned - an old fear from childhood. Now a body is discovered in a block of ice in the boot of a sunken car. The next day a corpse is discovered riding a stone gargoyle on the roof of Ely Cathedral. Forensic evidence links both victims to an event in 1966. Dryden is more involved than he realises, and eventually he faces a ruthless killer. It all makes for an exciting and unusual crime thriller. The atmosphere is brilliantly described.

Jim Kelly is a correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Ely with his wife, the writer Midge Gilles, and their young daughter. This is his first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780718145514
  • : pengui
  • : pengui
  • : 0.425
  • : September 2002
  • : 233mm X 153mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jim Kelly
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 320