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Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Blanche Hampton investigates the murder of a government minister's daughter and that of another woman, killed in exactly the same manner. ... All items are packed very well for delivery. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scotland Yard detective superintendent Blanche Hampton, as plucky, harassed, and emotionally stretched a heroine as one could imagine, must track down a cannibalistic serial killer in this wrenching work that fulfills the promise of A Midsummer Night's Killing . Barnes interweaves the lonelyheart laments of both killer and cop to create a highly effective narrative. The murderer is David Parker, an obsessive accountant who becomes unglued with the death of a domineering mother. Meanwhile Blanche, a six-foot-tall divorcee, faces sexism at work and the tribulations of single life after hours. David is soon compulsively washing his hands, hearing voices, avoiding his fiancee and eventually killing--and cannibalizing--a succession of women he meets through newspaper ads. Although his identity is clear from the start, what remains to be revealed are both the event that lies at the root of his behavior and the tie that binds one hunter to the other. Barnes subtly chronicles David's descent into outright madness, displaying here as elsewhere the choice, edgy style of a new author with an assuredly incandescent future. (May)
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Detective Blanche Hampton must buck authority in order to catch a psychopathic woman killer because her boss wants a quick arrest: the first horribly disfigured victim is the daughter of a government minister. The narrative, based on a true case, alternates between the actions of the murderer and the police until the two threads converge in chilling terror. Authentic details, gripping psychological suspense, and realistic characterization enhance this book, which true-crime readers will also enjoy. British author Barnes's second series title sustains the quality of his first ( A Midsummer Night's Killing , Morrow, 1992).
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688110482
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 256

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