By Colin Dexter

Why may a sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning espresso? Inspector Morse's hunt for solutions kicks off with a tabloid journalist, winds throughout the strip golf equipment of Soho, then returns to Oxford, the place senior dons and their better halves conflict for a plum advertising. Then, at the own entrance, Inspector Morse gets intimations of his personal mortality.

And whereas Morse muses on lifestyles, he finds his first identify eventually. . . .

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So what? Yet there was one year she would never forget the year the network changed its name to 'British Rail'. Her father had told her about that; told her she'd been bom on that very same day. In diat very same year, too. In 1965. 'Drinks? ) as it came alongside, before turning to the elegantly suited woman seated next to him: 'Fancy anything? Coffee? ' 'Gin and tonic for me. ' Sod him! He'd been pretty insufferable so far. A few minutes later, after pouring half his can of McEwan's Export Ale into a plastic container, he turned towards her again; and she felt his dry, slightly cracked lips pressed upon her right cheek.

M. lewis suggested that someone perhaps ought to say something. For the past hour and a half a group of police officers had been knocking on neighbourhood doors, speaking to residents, taking brief preliminary statements. But as yet nothing official had been released to the representatives of the media assembled in a street now increasingly crowded with curious onlookers. 'said Morse. ' 'For Chrissake, Lewis! You sound as if we've got something to hide. If we have, why don't you tell me? ' 59 COLIN DEXTER Morse's tone softened.

Very strange. Strangest of all, however, was die absence of any mention in die original Statute of academic pedigree; COLIN DEXTER and, at least theoretically, there could be no bar to a candidate presenting himself with only a Grade E in GCSE Media Studies. Nor was there any stipulation that the successful candidate should be a senior (or, for that matter, a junior) member of the College, and on several occasions 'outsiders' had been appointed. Indeed, he himself, Sir Clixby, had been imported into Oxford from 'the other place', and then (chiefly) in recognition of his reputation as a resourceful fund-raiser.

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