German bombs falling on the United Kingdom aren't the only dark forces troubling detective chief inspector Thomas Lamb in the summer of 1940. He's tasked with investigating a farmhand found with a scythe in his chest in the rural southern England village of Quimby, where rumors of the occult stretch back decades—and a second murder and the encroaching Blitz cranks up the townsfolks' anxieties. Dead (Pegasus) is the debut novel of veteran journalist Kelly, A&S '99 (MA), and it's full of a reporter's attention to everyday details, narrative drive, and human foibles, lending the book the engrossing confidence of Caleb Carr's historical page turners.
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