The Dead of Jericho
Reviewed: August 2, 2002
By: Colin Dexter
295 pages, $9.99
a year or so of watching John Thaw present this character and Dexterís stories
on A&E, I finally got around to sampling the print version of Inspector
Morse. I was not at all surprised to find out how much better the books are. It
happened that I had seen The Dead of
Jericho fairly recently, and I was surprised at how many changes were made
in the translation to the small screen.
biggest one was to make it Morseís introduction to Sgt. Lewis, his man Friday
throughout most of the series. In the book they are already a team.
this novel poor Morse takes a shine to a woman that he meets at a reception.
They seem to hit it off fairly well, but nothing develops at the time. Itís
some weeks before he works up the nerve to go and see her, and when it does
heís too late. The door to the house in Jericho is open, but no one seems to be
home. Anne Scott is at home, of course, but sheís hanging in a room he canít
see from the entrance, and he has no idea heíll have anything to do with the
case at the time.
sometimes seems to solve his cases by blundering. In this novel he develops a
beautiful theory full of classical allusions which seems to fit the exact shape
of the case. Itís very convincing - and itís dead wrong. What it does do is
take him a step closer to the actual solution, which he almost reaches by
was an enjoyable book, quite a bit better than the television series. I intend
to keep watching those anyway. Theyíre good examples of the form, just not as
good as the originals.