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Bad Ronald by Jack Vance

Bad Ronald (1973)

by Jack Vance

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Seventeen-year old Ronald Wilby is an introverted young man with a protective single mother. Walking home one evening, Ronald stumbles into young Carol Mathews; in the encounter, Carol ends up assaulted and dead. Ronald leaves his jacket at the scene. Elaine Wilby is convinced that Carol's death was an accident, and converts a small part of the old house to a secret room where Ronald must hide-until she saves enough that they can move, and start over. She tells everyone that her son ran away.The plan works until Mrs. Wilby is taken by sudden illness. The house is sold to another family-a family with three pretty daughters... Lurking behind the walls, Ronald is tempted more than he can bear.Bad Ronald is Volume 19 of the Spatterlight Press Signature Series.Released in the centenary of the author's birth, this handsome new collectionis based upon the prestigious Vance Integral Edition. Select volumes enjoyup-to-date maps, and many are graced with freshly-written forewords contributedby a distinguished group of authors. Each book bears a facsimile of theauthor's signature and a previously-unpublished photograph, chosen from family archives for the period the book was written. These uniquefeatures will be appreciated by all, from seasoned Vance collector to new reader sampling the spectrum of this author's influential work forthe first time. - John Vance II… (more)

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Pauvre Ronald ! Une tentative de viol qui tourne mal et le voilà recherché pour meurtre. Sa mère le sermonne, mais elle comprend bien qu'il s'agit d'un accident et l'aide à se cacher de la police. Par chance, il y a dans la maison un petit réduit qui ne demande qu'à être aménagé. Le jeune meurtrier s'y installe. En principe, juste pour quelques semaines, le temps que l'affaire se tasse... Mais sa mère, son seul lien avec le monde extérieur, victime d'un malaise, est emmenée à l'hôpital... ( )
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