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Shadow Play (original 1993; edition 1999)
Shadow Play by Frances Fyfield (1993)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140286837, Paperback)A brilliant suspense novel of the London courts from the "splendidly accomplished" Frances Fyfield (Chicago Tribune)
In Shadow Play, Frances Fyfield hones her powers of writerly suspense to give us a sophisticated, psychologically gripping tale about crimes of the most twisted passions.
The odd, vaguely menacing little man called Mr. Logo is a familiar figure in the old court building in London. Although frequently brought before the magistrate for indecent assault, he is invariably acquitted due to lack of evidence. He is especially familiar to Helen West, the take-no- prisoners Crown Prosecutor who has just failed for the fifth time to prosecute him. Now he is off-limits to her until his next appearance in court. Yet, when she befriends Rose, the young, compulsively secretive and promiscuous clerk in the office, Helen West unwittingly sets in motion events that will dangerously complicate her connection to Mr. Logo and push his rage and dark passion to lethal extremes.
"There are crime writers whom we think of primarily as novelists. . . . There is no one higher on this list than Frances Fyfield." --P. D. James
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:25 -0400)
In the six years since her first novel, A Question of Guilt, was nominated for the Edgar Award, Frances Fyfield has proved herself a master of the crime novel again and again with such books as Shadows on the Mirror, Not That Kind of Place, and The Play Room. On both sides of the Atlantic she has been consistently singled out by reviewers for the style and intelligence of her novels, the complexity of her characters, and the taut suspense of her plots. Now, with Shadow. Play, Fyfield gives us her best novel yet: a sophisticated, chilling, psychologically gripping tale about crimes of the most twisted passions. The odd, vaguely menacing little man called Mr. Logo is a familiar figure in the old court building in London. Frequently brought before the magistrate for indecent assault, he is invariably acquitted; he may scare the dark-haired, dark-eyed little girls he follows, but nobody can prove that he actually touches them. So he is. allowed to return to his everyday life - a life fueled solely by his blinding obsession with the daughter who ran away from him four years before: "It was all her fault. Everything. She had been his nemesis from the start, the black-eyed angel he had loved so much. Find her... and bring her home before the cancer of her loss affected all the extremities of his life and limbs. Love or revenge: either would do." Mr. Logo is especially familiar to Helen West, the Crown. Prosecutor who has just failed for the fifth time to make good her prosecution of him. He is off-limits to her now until his next, certain, appearance in court. Yet when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Rose, the young, compulsively secretive, and promiscuous clerk in her office, Helen West unwittingly sets in motion events that will not only dangerously complicate and personalize her connection to Mr. Logo, but also push his rage and dark passion toward. uncontrollable and even lethal extremes...
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