The Old Contemptibles Summary
Martha Grimes

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The Old Contemptibles Summary

While many other detective novelists employ the "murder will out" theme, Grimes's theme instead is "murder must out." Unsolved crimes from the past in this novel have effects that carry over into the next generation and cause even more crimes. The apparent suicide of Jane Holdsworth at the beginning of the novel seems unmotivated by the events of her life immediately preceding her death; only through exploring her past and that of...

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