Against the backdrop of an East Coast winter, menace and suspense build towards a chilling conclusion, as the lives of four people, linked by an illict love, are manipulated wth intricate and terminal precision.
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Afterthoughts on A Perfect Crime
A Perfect Crime scared me a little bit, too, especially on the days I was writing from Roger's point-of-view. Roger has an IQ of 181. (I worried that figure was too high to be believable, until I read of some Wall Streeter with a 200-and-something IQ - I believe he notes it on his business card.) Putting myself inside such a potent brain was an adventure - it seemed to have such a nasty angle on so many things. The extra IQ points vanished the moment I left my desk, of course. And the nastiness, too, I hope.
Adultery: I received some mail from American readers who simply could not like Francie because of the fact that she was having an affair. I'm very curious whether there will be any similar reaction from the U.K.
Where did the idea come from? Although the story has links to The Scarlet Letter, an important book in the American canon, it began in my mind with the image of that beautiful, piney cabin - where Francie and Ned would meet - isolated on an island in a frozen river. I had the feeling it was a perfect place for both very good and very terrible things to happen.
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