Death of a Dustman

A Hamish MacBeth Mystery
By M. C. Beaton (Electronic Book, 2001)
They are still called dustmen in Britain. Not garbage collectors orsanitation engineers, but dustmen.

Lochdubh's (pronounced Lochdoo) dustman, Fergus Wilson, lives in asmall, run-down cottage with his wife, Martha, and four children. He's asour little man given to domestic violence and drinking, and getting bywith a one-day work week. No one pays him much attention until Mrs.Freda Fleming, a bullying environmentalist, is elected to StrathbaneCouncil.

A politically ambitious woman, Mrs. Fleming decides to make an exampleout of Lochdubh. She will set up an elaborate recycling center in thevillage -- and its success will bring national attention, includingwidespread television coverage. She enlists Wilson as her ally (atdouble his usual salary), gives him a new uniform, a new truck, and setsthe plan into action.

Power corrupts, and Fergus Wilson becomes a bullying tyrant, issuingfines and enforcing petty rules. When he's found dead, stuffed in arecycling 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 withn

They are still called dustmen in Britain. Not garbage collectors orsanitation engineers, but dustmen.

Lochdubh's (pronounced Lochdoo) dustman, Fergus Wilson, lives in asmall, run-down cottage with his wife, Martha, and four children. He's asour little man given to domestic violence and drinking, and getting bywith a one-day work week. No one pays him much attention until Mrs.Freda Fleming, a bullying environmentalist, is elected to StrathbaneCouncil.

A politically ambitious woman, Mrs. Fleming decides to make an exampleout of Lochdubh. She will set up an elaborate recycling center in thevillage -- and its success will bring national attention, includingwidespread television coverage. She enlists Wilson as her ally (atdouble his usual salary), gives him a new uniform, a new truck, and setsthe plan into action.

Power corrupts, and Fergus Wilson becomes a bullying tyrant, issuingfines and enforcing petty rules. When he's found dead, stuffed in arecycling 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 withn
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Death of a Dustman
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $6.99 US/$6.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780759541894
  • On Sale Date: 03/06/2001
Death of a Dustman

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