By Gwendoline Butler
John Coffin is left reeling after the previous best Minister makes a stunning confession. a dismal and gripping crime novel from the most appraised English secret writers, ideal for lovers of Agatha Christie. a trip to the riverside residence of the lengthy retired former top minister, Richard Lavender, is to have startling results for John Coffin. For it transpires that the previous guy, nearing the top of his existence, has a confession to make: he's the son of a serial killer. He tells Coffin how, as a boy, he helped to bury considered one of his father's sufferers. Feeling dying is close to, he desires to fix and reclaim the earlier – with Coffin's support. uncertain even if Lavender is stuck up in myth or telling the reality, Coffin has the same opinion to enquire and appoints leader Inspector Phoebe Astley to the duty. yet then a tender lady is located murdered on a foggy November evening, and all too quickly the sins of the prior and current come jointly in a terrifying denouement.
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Additional resources for A Double Coffin (John Coffin Mystery, Book 28)
In the 1920s, Russian prisons and camps were crowded with ‘old’ and ‘new’prisoners, among whom were on the one hand urka (traditional authority figures) and on the other hand zhigani (ideological criminals, including former officers of the Tsar’s army), who introduced new rules. The criminal war between urka and zhigani was finally won by the urka, who had more power inside the penitentiary system (Gilinskiy and Kostjukovsky 2004: 191). However, the old-style criminals learned how to make use of the traditions of the pre-revolutionary criminal world in a new reality.
What they have in common is that after the reforms ethnic gangs used to operate not only within their own regions, but also (and mainly) in the big cities of Russia, the Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, and that in the late 1990–2000 s they expanded to the international market. In 1997–98, there were 34 organized criminal formations in Moscow alone: 20 originally from Moscow, seven from other cities and seven ethnic, which usually means Caucasian. They provide krysha and protect their compatriot businessmen.
Bribery and the abuse of power were common throughout society, including amongst high ranking officials (Cheloukhine 2008: 356). 6 Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom in 1861 and in 1864 legal reforms were introduced which included trial by jury and peasant courts to judge small offenders in villages according to customary law. In the Penal Code punishment by the knut (whip) and branding iron was abolished. Criminal Arteli At the end of the nineteenth century, professional criminals started to unite in groups headed by a pakhan (authoritative leader).
A Double Coffin (John Coffin Mystery, Book 28) by Gwendoline Butler