Shaw, Simon Act of Darkness

ISBN 13: 9780006498308

Act of Darkness

 
9780006498308: Act of Darkness

Another wonderfully funny, satirical and blackly comedic novel from the highly acclaimed Simon Shaw, whose Philip Fletcher series is fast becoming addictive.

Philip Fletcher, somewhat exhausted and not yet fully recovered from his latest bout of life-threatening misdemeanours, takes a recuperative, undemanding job at the Chichester Festival for the summer season. What could be more pleasant (he reasons) than to idle away a relaxing few months in the countryside at the scene of some of his greatest triumphs? Unfortunately, his peace of mind is seriously imperilled by the discovery that his most hated rival, the unspeakably loathsome and (in Philip’s view) utterly untalented Richard Jones, is also appearing at the same time in the Chichester studio theatre. And when it becomes apparent that both of them are eyeing up the same girl, serious ructions are sure to follow.

But there’s more at stake than amorous pride. An undercurrent of sinister goings-on disturbs Philip’s rural idyll, and when the object of his attentions becomes the quarry of an obsessive stalker, there’s once again a premium on his dubious criminal skills. And in the ominous quiet of the Sussex countryside, the hunter soon becomes the hunted…

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‘Combines an excellent murder story with equally excellent satire… Simon Shaw’s grasp of the psychological possibilities of bad behaviour is as impressive as that of Ruth Rendell’
Harriet Waugh, Literary Review

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Philip Fletcher, not yet fully recovered from his latest bout of life-threatening misdemeanours, takes a recuperative, undemanding job at the Chichester Festival for the summer season. What could be more pleasant (he reasons) that to idle away a relaxing few months in the countryside at the scene of some of his greatest triumphs?

But Fletcher's rural idyll is disturbed by an undercurrent of sinister goings-on, and with two obsessive stalkers on the loose – not to mention that unspeakable loathsome and utterly untalented thespian, Richard Jones – there's once again a premium on his dubious criminal skills. And in the ominous quiet of the Sussex countryside, the hunter soon becomes the hunted…

"Simon Shaw's creation, Philip Fletcher, is one of the joys of crime fiction"
SUSANNA YAGER, 'Sunday Telegraph'

"It's possible that there's a funnier and blacker writer that Simon Shaw, but if so I don't know of one – First rate, funny and with an evil wit"
CRIME TIME

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Published by Harper Collins 1998-01-01 (1998)
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