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A Room Swept White

A Room Swept White

(2010)
(The Cradle in the Grave)
(The fifth book in the Culver Valley Crime series)
A novel by

 
Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. The controversial Dr Judith Duffy, who was responsible for the arraignment of the women after the death of their children, is now under investigation for misconduct, and the women have been set free. Fliss Benson's reluctance to work on the film springs from a particularly personal issue -- involving both cot death and the suicide of someone very close to her.

This is the arresting premise of Sophie Hannah's A Room Swept White, and it's further proof (if proof were needed) that since her remarkable debut with Little Face, Hannah seems almost unable to put a foot wrong in the arena of the psychological thriller. The scenario here darkens when one of the three women, Helen Yardley, is found dead at her home. On the body is a card with the same layout of numbers arranged in four rows of four that Fliss Benson had been sent. She is soon faced with both intimidating moral dilemmas and physical danger. Par for the course, in fact, for a Sophie Hannah heroine. Apart from the sheer storytelling skill which is the sine qua non of Hannah's work, one of the most impressive aspects of her books is a subtlety with which she is able to address a variety of moral arguments -- such as the massively divisive issue of cot death in this book. In these areas, the tabloid press is always looking for villains, be they child-killing mothers or heartless social workers. Hannah is well aware that such moral issues are never clear cut, and the fact that she is able to address such subtleties in the context of a page-turning thriller is a mark of her skills. --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

January 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cradle in the Grave (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 141044418X / 9781410444189 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Little Face (Flipback)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1444730452 / 9781444730456 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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August 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Hannah Sophie
ISBN: 1444790293 / 9781444790290 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder
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July 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1408461765 / 9781408461761 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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March 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: A Room Swept White (Culver Valley Crime)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 0340980621 / 9780340980620 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Cradle in the Grave: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 014311994X / 9780143119944 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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August 2011 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 0143177346 / 9780143177340 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1408461773 / 9781408461778 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 0143177338 / 9780143177333 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: A Room Swept White (Culver Valley Crime)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 0340980648 / 9780340980644 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1444700375 / 9781444700374 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 034098063X / 9780340980637 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

December 2011 : UK Audible edition
Title: A Room Swept White (Unabridged)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughon
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December 2011 : USA Audible edition
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughon
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August 2010 : UK Audio CD
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1445004453 / 9781445004457 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2010 : UK MP3 CD
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1445004445 / 9781445004440 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2010 : UK MP3 CD
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 1445004461 / 9781445004464 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2011 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Cradle in the Grave: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah

Publisher: Penguin Books
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August 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Room Swept White
Author(s): Sophie Hannah

Publisher: Penguin Canada
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March 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Room Swept White: Culver Valley Crime Book 5 (Spilling CID series)
Author(s): Sophie Hannah

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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