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Crime file: Susan Hill

Dealing with death is at the forefront of Susan Hill’s latest novel, she tells Chris High

'I have my own taboos. I never have and will not write explicit sex in any form, mainly because less is more. A hint is worth 1,000 descriptions. I am not happy with the way people merge literature and porn to make the latter seem respectable.’ So says Susan Hill, whose latest Simon Serrailler novel, The Soul of Discretion (Vintage), has been published recently in paperback. The novel sees Superintendant Serrailler go undercover to crack a far-reaching paedophile ring and covers some subjects many authors might see as being off limits.

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