Saturday, October 31, 2009

Place of Execution, based on the novel by Val McDermid, Starts Tomorrow on PBS Masterpiece Contemporary

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

Starting tomorrow, Sunday November 1st, and comprising two weekly episodes of Masterpiece: Contemporary on PBS, is the crime drama Place of Execution, based on the 1999 novel A Place of Execution by Val McDermid. (Check your local listings for specific air times.) A Place of Execution is McDermid's most honored work, and was the recipient of several mystery book awards, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel, the for Best Mystery Novel, the in the mystery / thriller category, and the .

Synopsis: It's 1963, and young Alison Carter leaves her home in the small English village of Scardale and literally vanishes into the mist. The mystery unnerves a nation, and captivates George Bennett (Lee Ingleby), the officer investigating his first missing person case. Flash forward to contemporary London, where journalist Catherine Heathcote (Juliet Stevenson) is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the haunting Carter case. Bennett, who had a long and lauded career as a result of his work on the case, suddenly pulls out of the film, adding fresh intrigue to a supposedly closed case. What could have so rattled the supposed hero?

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