The Hanging Tree by Rodney Hobson
Endeavour Press: 4/10/17
eBook review copy: 168 pages
D.I. Paul Amos series # 5
The Hanging Tree by Rodney Hobson is a highly recommended fast-paced police procedural set in the 1990's.
Detective Inspector Paul Amos and Detective Sergeant Juliet Swift are
on the case of a middle aged man found hanging from a tree in his back
yard. The two older women living next door heard noise in the night and
saw a naked man walking through the backyard so the police were on the
scene rather quickly and have a few clues to follow. The murdered man
was Duncan Watson. He was apparently the leader of a group of protestors
in the sixties who participated in a siege of historic Wykeham Hall in
an attempt to save it. Their efforts resulted in failure, but the group
is having a 30th reunion this weekend. Amos and Swift rely on interviews
while following the various clues that lead to a conclusion.
This is most decidedly an old-fashioned police procedural that follows
the clues in the case without the help of current technology or advanced
forensics. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as you follow the
deductions the detectives make through their interviews and
investigations. It is also a simple, short, fast-paced novel. There
isn't a lot of time for character development or more than one line of
investigation. The Hanging Tree is definitely a novel to read
simply for relaxation. It is a good story that reaches its conclusion
quickly. And let's be honest, sometimes this is a nice change of pace,
especially if you have had a hectic week.
My review copy was courtesy of Endeavour Press.