In the comments and questions surrounding the last few episodes of ‘Hallbury’, I mentioned that I had re-written the ending of the original book, which engendered the obvious question, I suppose – what were the changes and why?
The substance of change began with Joe Palliser stumbling across Charker Smith on Wedesday Common: Jennifer Althorpe’s fate was the same, but in the original version Charker’s gun had two barrels. He was about to fire the second barrel into Joe when Tom Peterkin fell across the gun, taking the full force of the shot.
Next, the book moved to a bedside interview between Joe and a police inspector to clear up the mysteries of the story. Joe gave his explanation of Violet’s antecedents, the contents of the folder, etc., after which the action cut to the night of Ian’s ‘count’, and a lengthier passage concerning his arrest for the murders.
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