Without Consent: A Helen West Mystery (Helen West Mysteries)

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A tense, twisting thriller perfect for fans of Linda Fairstein.

Prosecutor Helen West's relationship with police officer Geoffrey Bailey is becoming more serious, but the couple is at odds because Bailey's protégé, Sergeant Ryan, is suspected of rape. As the evidence slowly mounts against Ryan, West and Bailey examine the seemingly open-and-shut case; a terrible crime warrants justice regardless of their feelings toward Ryan. But as they dig deeper, a new suspect emerges—one who possesses a cold-blooded intuition about women. West and Bailey quickly find themselves trying to clear Ryan's name and avenge a series of crimes with no evidence.

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All of the guilt, pain, and ugliness that surrounds the crime of rape are woven deep into the fabric of Frances Fyfield's splendid novel about London prosecutor Helen West and her lover, high-echelon police officer Geoffrey Bailey. One of Bailey's protégés, a rough, unlovable sergeant named Ryan, has been accused of several rapes. Fyfield is so skilled at creating and maintaining suspense that we're never sure of Ryan's guilt or innocence until the very end, even though we know that another man, a mysterious doctor, is responsible for some of the vicious attacks. While the rape investigations unfold, West and Bailey make plans to be married, which is another event made believably uncertain by Fyfield's uncanny ability to probe human doubts and frailties. Other Fyfield books available in paperback include Perfectly Pure and Good, A Question of Guilt, and Shadows on the Mirror.

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"Absolutely irresistible ... Her best so far. [Fyfield is] setting the stage for the next century of crime fiction." -The Globe and Mail

"Fyfield brings [her characters' alive--.The great characterization of this book also makes it demanding, [but] it's worth it." --Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"Fyfield effectively explores the morass of fear and guilt in the realm of sexual assault." --Edmonton Journal


"Dark, stylish, stay-with-you-at-night, psychological suspense of the highest calibre." --Minette Walters

"A triumph.... A cunning tale [that] will both chill, thrill and inform.... Fyfield transcends hackneyed formulas to offer a troubling read, with or without her reader's consent. Bow to the inevitable and buy it now." --Evening Standard

"Superb.... Fyfield writes compellingly, without sentiment and almost without hope, wrestling with the question of what defines consent." --Maclean's

"Fyfield's women are her strength ... all are memorably alive. [But] above all, it is the author's voice, sensible, understanding, human and forgiving, beautifully accurate in its description ... which makes this story not only deeply troubling but hopeful too.... One of her best." --The Times

"A taut thriller--gripping and convincing--that shows us how our legal system really works." --Cosmopolitan

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