Witness to Myself

Witness to Myself

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by Seymour Shubin
     
 

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NEW NOIR MASTERPIECE BY THE AUTHOR OF THE CLASSIC 1953 BESTSELLER ANYONE’S MY NAME

Fifteen years ago, teenager Alan Benning jogged off a beach – and into a nightmare.  Because what awaited him in the Cape Cod woods was an unspeakable temptation, a moment of panic, and a brutal memory that would haunt him for the

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NEW NOIR MASTERPIECE BY THE AUTHOR OF THE CLASSIC 1953 BESTSELLER ANYONE’S MY NAME

Fifteen years ago, teenager Alan Benning jogged off a beach – and into a nightmare.  Because what awaited him in the Cape Cod woods was an unspeakable temptation, a moment of panic, and a brutal memory that would haunt him for the rest of his life. 

Now a successful lawyer, Alan finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime, desperate to learn the truth about what happened on that long-ago summer day.  But even as he grapples with his own dark secrets, he finds himself hounded by a shadowy adversary – and by the forces of justice, drawing their net around him tighter by the day…

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When successful lawyer Alan Benning -- tormented by the thought that he may have committed a murder 15 years earlier -- returns to the scene of the crime, he realizes that justice, however delayed, has a way of always being served. When he was a teenager, his family rented a camper for a few weeks during a summer vacation and traveled to Cape Cod. During that brief stay on a quiet stretch of sandy beach, Alan -- whose adolescent life was characterized by "bewilderment and self-loathing" -- stumbled across a young girl trying to get a kite out of a tree. But instead of helping the girl, he sexually assaulted her. When the girl started screaming, he panicked and silenced her with an act of violence. He ran back to his family's camper, and they eventually returned home as if nothing had happened. Now Alan is assailed by guilt: Did he kill the girl or not? He has to know…

More than a half century after Shubin's crime fiction classic Anyone's My Name (1953), this novel takes a decidedly restrained look at pulp mystery. The brutal sexual crime -- which is the linchpin for the whole story -- is quickly glossed over in a few paragraphs and hardly ever mentioned again. As a result, the story line loses much of its knuckles-to-jawbone intensity, and instead of developing into an adrenaline-fueled whodunit, Witness to Myself becomes more of a psychological study in guilt, paranoia, and, ultimately, redemption -- a rare bullet-free Hard Case Crime release that is as melancholic as it is disturbing. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857687647
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
05/11/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,216,681
File size:
566 KB

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In 1953, Seymour Shubin published his first novel, Anyone’s My Name, which went on to be recognized as a classic of the field, published in numerous international editions and taught in college courses on both literature and criminology. Subsequently, Shubin wrote more than a dozen other novels, including one, The Captain, selected for the mystery reference work 100 Great Detectives.

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