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Bensington, Mass., the Boston bedroom suburb that was the scene of Andrew Coburn's acclaimed thriller No Way Home, is the setting of this new novel of thumbscrew suspense, explosive sex, and shattering revelation. Once again police chief James Morgan takes center stage?this time to delve into the deaths of two young people that rip the surface of the artificially idyllic community where people play by their own desperately driven and dangerous rules.

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Voices in the Dark

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Overview

Bensington, Mass., the Boston bedroom suburb that was the scene of Andrew Coburn's acclaimed thriller No Way Home, is the setting of this new novel of thumbscrew suspense, explosive sex, and shattering revelation. Once again police chief James Morgan takes center stage—this time to delve into the deaths of two young people that rip the surface of the artificially idyllic community where people play by their own desperately driven and dangerous rules.

When the corpse of sixteen-year-old Glen Bodine is found, the death seems a tragic accident—or else an all-too-possible suicide. Murder is out of the question, for this is a town of nice people, pretty manners, and piles of money. But when an eccentric grafter declares himself a child killer, not only Glen's death but another, even more mysterious one buried in the past must be put under searching scrutiny. The results expose a viper's nest of twisted hungers and terrifying secrets.

As James Morgan follows a twisting trail to the unexpected truth that bares the underside of relationships and marriages, and reveals treacheries within families, he himself is torn between cool professionalism and hot carnal passion to possess a beautiful married woman he knows he should not touch. But he is not the only one impaled on horns of desire. A woman painter finds herself going to bed with a man she fruitlessly tries to despise. A wife in a "perfect marriage" finds she has been "sleeping with the devil." Another chooses a sexual route to wreak revenge on her staid husband and devastatingly seductive stepson, while the most loving wife in the group is targeted by a brilliant, rich, and ruthless tycoon who, as always, gets what he wants—whether in the boardroom or the bedroom.

Andrew Coburn reaffirms his position as a novelist who has taken the crime thriller to new heights of storytelling suspense and new depths of insight and compassion as he weaves a spellbinding tale out of the sins men and women commit and the veil they do to each other and themselves. Unfolding with nerve-crackling tension, Voices in the Dark will have you reading far into the night to unravel a tangle of intertwined lives, lusts, and lies and to discover how fragile is the seam that separates guilt from innocence, how deadly the line that separates love from hate.

In a small town outside Boston, Massachusetts, Police Chief James Morgan grapples with two violent deaths. His investigation tears the top off relationships, bares the underside of marriages, and reveals treacheries within families. "A slick, suspenseful thriller."--Publishers Weekly.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This slick, suspenseful thriller, the second appearance (after No Way Home ) of James Morgan, police chief of the seemingly peaceful Boston suburb of Bensington, begins with a suspicious death--and as luck would have it, a self-confessed murderer. An eccentric derelict named Dudley offhandedly tells Morgan that when he's not freezing, ``I kill kids.'' This occurs just after a teenaged boy has apparently been pushed onto the rails of the subway near the Public Garden, the second such mysterious death in three years. If Morgan believes Dudley, then he must also consider the possibility that some of Bensington's respected parents have hired Dudley to kill their children. The tramp becomes the catalyst in a seamlessly devised plot which reveals the sordid underbelly of the town where many lead lives of quiet desperation. Morgan is involved with the stepmother of the dead boy; another woman suspects that her second husband may have been responsible for the death of her daughter; a former hooker is battered by a friend's belligerent husband; adolescent step-siblings begin a sexual liaison. A somber conclusion at a private care facility involves the abandoned elders of Bensington families and underscores the long line of loneliness and dreary existence often at the core of small-town life. (Feb.)
Emily Melton
Coburn's disturbing tale explores the strange motives and hidden emotions of the folks who populate the sleepy village of Bensington, Massachusetts. An innocent-looking drifter brings matters to a boil when he claims to have been hired to kill local kids who've become an annoying inconvenience to their parents. Police chief James Morgan doesn't want to believe the drifter's macabre claim, but he can't deny the fact that two of the town's youngsters have died under vaguely suspicious circumstances. Compelled to take a closer look, Morgan finds it difficult to stop poking, even when his investigation reveals truths he'd rather not confront. Coburn's plot is a dazzling concoction of twists, turns, and switchbacks that keeps the reader constantly off balance. His darkly perceptive examination of the sad, sick souls of Bensington's mostly tormented citizens makes this a riveting story. If there's a fault, it's annoyingly overblown prose, but on the whole, this intense, satisfying tale is sure to please most mystery fans.
Kirkus Reviews
As usual, there's not much love lost among the couples in the bedroom community of Bensington, Mass., despite all the coupling they're doing in each other's bedrooms. Filthy-rich Paul Gunner, a onetime client of society beauty/former call-girl Phoebe Yarborough, is interested in hiring her as a birthday present for his son; Gunner's lawyer/lackey Harley Bodine has taken up with prim Regina Smith; Regina's daughter Patricia and stepson Anthony are getting it on despite Regina's frigid warnings; and, once again, police chief James Morgan (No Way Home, 1992) is on the prowl, this time for Bodine's wife Kate. When a drifter calling himself Dudley coyly hints that he killed Bodine's son Glen and, years ago, Gunner's daughter Beverly, at their parents' requests, the rift between the city fathers and Morgan—unable either to get evidence on Dudley or to dismiss his oracular charges out of hand—opens into ugly sotto voce warfare. Unsparing portraits of everybody—from grieving mother Beverly Gunner to painter Mary Williams, involved with a new man but still frantically seeking Dudley—make this new chapter of small-town passion as memorably disturbing as No Way Home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440545078
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Prologue Crime
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 481,546
  • File size: 448 KB

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