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The Echo    by Minette Walters order for
by Minette Walters
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Vintage, 2007 (1998)
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* *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Who was Billy Blake anyway and why did he die in Amanda Powell's garage? A journalist's investigation of these questions leads to a decade-old missing person's story. To unravel everything, the journalist, Michael Deacon, needs to enlist the help of a homeless youth, a retired psychologist and a sexually confused news employee. And in the process, he begins to understand his own rather unsuccessful life.

Author Minette Walters keeps our interest high by including newspaper clippings, press releases, memos and telephone messages. Each person Deacon interviews has something to hide. And each will mean more to Deacon than the solution to the mystery of Billy Blake. When Deacon finally figures out what really happened, that is not the end of it for us readers. In fact, the story continues to twist right up to the last page.

This is Walters' fifth crime novel. Each of her first three won an award, and she is now known as the 'queen of crime fiction.' So, lovers of psychological mysteries, take note. Read Walters, and you are in the hands of a professional who not only plots an enthralling mystery, but does so with humor, pithy dialog and a generous portion of redemption. Highly recommended.

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