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By Geoffrey Archer

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Dark Angel
By Geoffrey Archer
Charnwood Large Print, 2005
ISBN: 1-84395-660-8
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Herbert White - May 30, 2006

Taking a hiatus from his Sam Packer series, Geoffrey Archer tackles a stand alone, complex mystery in Dark Angel. This is a thrilling murder mystery that takes the reader from the dark days of World War II through to the present in a quest to uncover the identity of a killer. Back in 1948, Tom Sedley's fourteen-year-old sister was brutally murdered near his suburban London house. Although a tramp was convicted of her murder, Sedley comes to suspect that the real killer might have been their friend and neighbor, Marcus Warwick. He comes to this realization on the battle fields of Korea, and it soon comes into question just who represents a bigger danger for Sedley - the North Koreans, or Warwick?

Despite his virigining belief that Warwick was the real killer, Sedley has no real evidence on which to base his beliefs, or can he discover a motive that might have caused Warwick to kill Sara. As the years slowly fade away, Sedley is unable to find any proof, one way or another, in regard to who really killed his sister. That is until the mid-80's, when he chances upon his sister's secret diary and it implies that she had more than just a casual relationship with Warwick. This only serves to deepen Sedley's belief that Warwick is the killer, but still it does not provide any real proof. Will Sedley ever discover the truth about what happened back in 1948, or will he go to his own grave without any concrete answers?

Dark Angel follows Sedley's quest for the truth from 1948 - 2004, and it is a basic who-dunnit, and why, story. The bulk of the story is divided into two main sections devoted to Sedley's adventures during the Korean War, and those surrounding his discovery of the diary in the 1980's. However, it is not until you have read the entire story that you get the full picture about what happened to Sara. This is a compelling and intriguing book to read. Dark Angel is a complex story full of detailed and rich characters, and while it is not an action-packed story like Archer's Packer stories, you will still find it to be a real page turner.

Dark Angel can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of Charnwood Large Print.

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