This Way Out

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A decent and happily married man, Derek Cartwright finds himself dreaming of murdering his resident mother-in-law. And when by chance he meets the repellent Hugh Packer, a stranger who is also lumbered with an elderly dependent, what had merely been a midnight fantasy suddenly seems a practical possibility.

Like latter-day 'strangers on a train', they could swap murders. That is Packer's idea, anyway: 'You've got a problem, I've got a problem, ...

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Overview

A decent and happily married man, Derek Cartwright finds himself dreaming of murdering his resident mother-in-law. And when by chance he meets the repellent Hugh Packer, a stranger who is also lumbered with an elderly dependent, what had merely been a midnight fantasy suddenly seems a practical possibility.

Like latter-day 'strangers on a train', they could swap murders. That is Packer's idea, anyway: 'You've got a problem, I've got a problem, and together we've come up with the perfect solution. The sooner we get the jobs done the better.'

Derek Cartwright knows he can never bring himself to murder anyone - not even an old man incapacitated by a stroke. But each time he thinks of his mother- in-law and how her presence in their home distresses his wife, he finds Packer's proposition more difficult to resist. After all, he only has to leave the old lady alone one evening - perhaps by taking his wife out to dinner. But then, there is the family beagle to be got out of the way . . . And that proves only the first of Derek's unnervingly difficult tasks, as he tries to set up a scenario that will deceive Detective Chief Inspector Quantrill of Breckham Market CID.

Sheila Radley's dark and gripping story traces the descent of an upright husband and citizen into blunder, terror, nightmare, and murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this third Inspector Quantrill psychological thriller, set in rural England, a decent, frustrated man meets a dynamic stranger who embodies the explosive force of his pent-up rage. Derek Cartwright and Hugh Packer share a similar dilemma: both are saddled with elderly in-laws whose presence seems to be ruining their lives. Sadistic bully Packer wants his father-in-law out of the way so he can acquire the old man's fortune. Cartwright, on the other hand, convinces himself that his motive is altruistic: he wants to free his wife from the burden of caring for her mother, a task she assumed in expiation for her guilty sense of relief when the couple's handicapped daughter died. Packer quickly realizes the possibilities and involves Cartwright--against his will--in a murderous plot in which each will kill the other's resident in-law. When Inspector Douglas Quantrill ( Fate Worse Than Death ) enters the case, his canny knowledge of human nature escalates the tension. Radley illuminates the ease with which an almost innocent slip can be a fateful step that inexorably slides into hell. (Nov.)
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A psychologically intriguing treatment of a murder in absentia, Radley's latest illuminates the repercussions of Derek Cartwright's wish that his mother-in-law were dead. Derek and wife Christine, recently though unhappily freed of the burden of a handicapped daughter, now find themselves housing Christine's irritating mother. After a chance encounter with a similarly encumbered but truly evil businessman, Derek starts losing control of events. Well-thought-out plot, bitterly ironic situations, and deeply involving texture make this English village worth a visit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708928516
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Ulverscroft Large Print Ser.
  • Pages: 448

Meet the Author

Sheila Radley is the pseudonym of Sheila Robinson, who was born and brought up in rural Northamptonshire, one of the fortunate means-tested generation whose further education was free. She went from her village school via high school to London University, where she read history.

She served for nine years as an education officer in the Women's Royal Air Force, then worked variously as a teacher, a clerk in a shoe factory, a civil servant and in advertising. In the 1960s she opted out of conventional work and joined her partner in running a Norfolk village store and post office, where she began writing fiction in her spare time. Her first books, written as Hester Rowan, were three romantic novels; she then took to crime, and wrote 10 crime novels as Sheila Radley.

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