The Soul of Discretion, Hardback

The Soul of Discretion Hardback

Part of the Simon Serrailler series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The eighth Simon Serrailler case The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place.

As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.

When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers.

He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone - not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.

Meanwhile, Simon's sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS.

But an urgent call about her and Simon's father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.

To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal.

As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780701187644



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Another strong outing for the Serrailler saga, with a particularly difficult undercover assignment for Simon (warning; it will and should make for very unpleasant reading) and unexpected developments for the wider family in his absence. Well-plotted and well-drawn as usual - but approach with caution given the subject matter (child abuse and rape).

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Susan Hill definitely knows how to keep the pages turning. This is the latest in the series and the plot is excellent with great development of characters. The subject matter is disturbing but she handles it very well. This is a series that should be read from the start as each book builds upon the last. I'm looking forward to the TV series and her next installment in the series.

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