One night three men burst into an isolated house in rural Leicestershire and murder five people - one is raped, the others doused in patrol and set on fire. First on the scene is a young local reporter, Janis Sanderson, who knew the rape victim well.
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One dark night in an isolated house in the heart of England, four people are murdered with appalling savagery. Reporter Janis Sanderson suspects Ronnie Keegan, the recently sacked odd-job man, but the police, who have other suspects, dismiss her theory out of hand. It is the beginning of a bitter feud that is soon making national headlines.
Determined not to be forced off her own explosive story by the ever-increasing hostility, Janis enlists the help of friends in high places. But her investigations into Keegan and his associates force her to suffer for herself some of the horrors of life on the lowest rung. Even if she has the luck and courage to survive, it is an experience that could leave her own life in ruins. . .
“Terrifying . . . Both a scary entertainment and a socially apocalyptic view of the state of the nation.”
“Chilling . . . in another of his powerful examinations of the fissures in British society, Kippax turns to that stand-by of rural crime fiction – the country house murder – and takes a chainsaw to its cosy inventions.”
CHRIS PETIT, 'The Times'
“A bold attempt to go beyond thriller conventions and get to the roots of the terrifying violence he writes about. A frightening but illuminating novel.”
JOAN SMITH, author of 'Masculine Ending.'
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand new books and maps available immediately from a reputable and well rated UK bookseller - not sent from the USA; despatched promptly and reliably worldwide by Royal Mail; Bookseller Inventory # mon0000209340