Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, one of Thames Valley Police's most successful detectives, has died at the age of 59. Born in 1940 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Morse took up his classics scholarship to St John's College, Oxford, following his National Service.
His academic record was blighted by a failed love affair and Morse left the University, but not the city, without a degree. It was at his father's suggestion that he joined the Police, where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector, solving a number of high-profile murder cases during his career.
Morse never married, the great loves of his life being Wagner, Housman, beer, and crossword puzzles. Chief Superintendent Strange said yesterday: "Morse was a one-off. He could be inspirational, he could be moody, he could be infuriating. But he had the most brilliant mind I have ever encountered. I doubt we'll see his like again."
About the Author
Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. He has won many awards for his novels and in 1997 was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Number Of Pages: 3700
Published: 1st January 2001