The Way Through the Woods

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The Way Through the Woods

Format:  Paperback,

336 pages

Edition: Ballantine Book

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Mar 1994

ISBN-13: 9780804111423

ISBN-10: 0804111421

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The murder of Nurse Yvonne Harrington took place one year ago. The case was never solved. As the story opens, the police in Oxford receive an anonymous telephone call from an inmate in the local prison. The caller says he can identify the murderer. Chief Inspector Strange asks Morse to take over the case. At first, Morse refuses but the pressure from the Chief Inspector is such that he soon finds himself deep in the case. He and the long suffering Sgt. Lewis begin an investigation that takes them down highways and byways which eventually lead to unexpected and alarming conclusions. Conclusions that seem to implicate the highborn and lowborn in Oxford, Lower Swinstead, and the charming, thatched-roof village of Burford.

This will be the last Inspector Morse story. When you read the novel, you will understand why. It is certainly one of Colin Dexter's best-full of the distinctive touches that we have come to expect from Colin Dexter. The brilliant, curmudgeonly Morse; the stubborn Sgt. Lewis determined to best his boss at his own game. The unpredictable, twisting plot. The lovingly described Oxford with its grand spires and funky pubs and, throughout, the Morsean shtick on music, literature and popular culture.


Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Mar 1994
ISBN-13: 9780804111423
ISBN-10: 0804111421
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.17 x 0.81 x 6.82

About the author

Biography of Dexter, Colin

Colin Dexter is Britain's most popular writer of crime fiction. Born in 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, Dexter earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Cambridge University and taught school for many years before turning to writing full time. Dexter is best known for creating the character Inspector Morse, the irascible but lovable detective featured on the PBS television series Mystery. The Inspector Morse series began in 1975 with Last Bus to Woodstock, a novel that established Dexter as a popular author.

He won the British Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and again in 1992 for The Way Through the Woods. His latest Inspector Morse novel is Death Is Now My Neighbour (1996). He lives in Oxford.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Crime Writers' Association Awards, 1992 (United Kingdom)

Book description

"Cunning... Your imagination will be frenetically flapping its wings until the very last chapter."


Morse is enjoying a rare if unsatisfying holiday in Dorset when the first letter appears in THE TIMES. A year before, a stunning Swedish student disappeared from Oxfordshire, leaving behind a rucksack with her identification. As the lady was dishy, young, and traveling alone, the Thames Valley Police suspected foul play. But without a body, and with precious few clues, the investigation ground to a halt. Now it seems that someone who can hold back no longer is composing clue-laden poetry that begins an enthusiastic correspondence among England's news-reading public. Not one to be left behind, Morse writes a letter of his own--and follows a twisting path through the Wytham Woods that leads to a most shocking murder.

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