Death of A Dustman

Death of A Dustman

eBook - 2001
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They are still called dustmen in Britain. Not garbage collectors or sanitation engineers, but dustmen. Lochdubh's (pronounced Lochdoo) dustman, Fergus Wilson, lives in a small, run-down cottage with his wife, Martha, and four children. He's a sour little man given to domestic violence and drinking, and getting by with a one-day work week. No one pays him much attention until Mrs. Freda Fleming, a bullying environmentalist, is elected to Strathbane Council. A politically ambitious woman, Mrs. Fleming decides to make an example out of Lochdubh. She will set up an elaborate recycling center in the village--and its success will bring national attention, including widespread television coverage. She enlists Wilson as her ally (at double his usual salary), gives him a new uniform, a new truck, and sets the plan into action. Power corrupts, and Fergus Wilson becomes a bullying tyrant, issuing fines and enforcing petty rules. When he's found dead, stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry, including his long-suffering family . . . and the victims of his blackmailing rackets. While Hamish Macbeth is investigating the murder, he is also coping with new edicts from Mrs. Fleming, his lazy new constable, and labor trouble at the brand new oceanfront hotel.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780759561861
0759561869
Branch Call Number: e-book
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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LauraSteinert
Jan 12, 2019

Both previous reviewers are correct. Most of the book is the usual mixture of silliness and sleuthing, and as such is not depressing. Some of the book--having to do with alcoholics (even tho' we all hate Blair) wife beating, sexism, and lying--does lead to the least cheerful ending of this series. There is a moment or two near the end when you say to yourself "There is no hope for humans," but the last chapter gives you a bit of lift. If you are not READING IN ORDER you will not enjoy this book. It is #15, and Beaton is not boring her loyal fans by repeating everything we need to know from previous stories.

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1058kit
Feb 19, 2017

Not sad. A very good story line.

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maipenrai
Aug 19, 2016

(Book 16 in the Hamish Macbeth series) AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE THRU MNLink. NO BOOK FORMAT AT HENN CTY. 16TH IN SERIES

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Preeceville56
Oct 10, 2014

Good story but also very sad.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 12, 2019

Secretary at accounting firm who just served tea: I missed out.
Hamish: On what?
Secretary: On women's lib, that's what. You won't get the young things these days to make tea.
Hamish: Then you shouldn't do it if you don't want to.
Secretary: I can't stop. I'm the generation that makes tea for men.

(Moments later)
Secretary (dusting shelves): Have you noticed something else about women of my generation? We've aye got a duster or cloth in our hands. Wipe wipe, wipe, like a nervous tic.
Hamish: You could change.
Secretary: At my age?

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