Death of a Hollow Man

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Death of a Hollow Man
Author Caroline Graham
Country England
Series Chief Inspector Barnaby series
Genre Mystery
Publisher Century
Publication date
1989
Media type Print (Hardcover & Softcover)
Pages 272
ISBN 0-7126-2911-4
Preceded by The Killings at Badger's Drift
Followed by Death in Disguise (1992)

Death of a Hollow Man is a work of detective fiction by Caroline Graham, the second in her Chief Inspector Barnaby series, which has been adapted into the successful ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

Plot summary[edit]

While attending an amateur production of Amadeus to watch his wife, Joyce's performance, Chief Inspector Barnaby witnesses the gruesome, all-too realistic murder of an actor on stage, after the tape applied to blunt the razor blade used to slit his character's throat is removed, revealing the lethal blade.

As he investigates the shocking crime, Barnaby unearths a whole host of dark passions and resentments nestling beneath the surviving cast's genial facade.

Publication history[edit]

  • United Kingdom: 1989, Century (imprint of Random House), London, 1989, Hardback, 272 p., ISBN 0-7126-2911-4.
  • United States: 1989, Morrow, New York City, 1989, Hardback, 268 p., ISBN 0-688-09116-4.

T.V adaptation[edit]

The novel was adapted into the fourth episode of season one of Midsomer Murders, starring (alongside regulars John Nettles and Daniel Casey) Bernard Hepton, Debra Stephenson, Janine Duvitski, Angela Pleasence, Nicholas Le Prevost and John Cater.