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Margaret Murphy is the author of five novels, all concerned with the psychology of both the violent criminal and the victim of crime. Her first, Goodnight My Angel, was shortlisted for the First Blood award for debut crime novels, and her fourth, Past reason, has been optioned for television. A graduate in environmental biology, in 1998 she went back to university to gain an MA in writing. She is now studying psychology at the University of Liverpool. She has been a countryside ranger, biology teacher, dyslexia tutor and creative writing teacher. She lives on the Wirral.
Who's the man responsible for grabbing Clara Pascal-an attractive, successful criminal lawyer-outside her daughter's school, then chaining her to a wall and subjecting her to a barrage of mental and physical attacks? Is it the nameless lunatic we meet in the first chapter of British author Murphy's latest high-tension thriller (after 2001's Dying Embers), who has already killed at least one woman and is busy looking for his next victim? Is there some connection with the crime lord Clara is prosecuting in an upcoming trial, or one of her other cases? Could her husband, a flashy but unstable businessman, be involved? Murphy is absolutely fair as she moves her totally credible team of cops through each possibility, with some doors opening and others closing (or appearing to close) at every turn. And her villain, who never shows Clara his face, is all the more frightening because of his rough-edged intelligence. "Who do you think you're kidding?" he asks her at one point. "Of course you want to know who I am. Because you think if you know who I am, you'll be able to reason with me, use that persuasive patter you're so famous for." It spoils nothing to know that Clara does just that by the end of this well-crafted novel. Agent, Jane Gregory. (June 26) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
A skilfully plotted story with strongly drawn characters. - Sunday Telegraph (Susanna Yager)Just what British crime writing is crying out for - a compassionate, grass roots British novel with the pace, energy and impeccable research of an American thriller - Mo Hayder on Darkness FallsA piece of absolutely terrifying writing...This is crime's most compelling,chilling book ever. - North Wales ChronicleDarkness Falls is a model of what the modern suspense thriller should be -- tense, scary, page-turning and stomach-churning -- because we care most of all about what happens to the characters. Set aside a day -- you won't be able to put it down once it has you in its grip. - Val McDermid on DARKNESS FALLSExemplary chiller...If Murphy's appointed task is to scare the reader...she succeeds brilliantly. - Literary ReviewMargaret Murphy has managed to produce another outstanding psychological thriller...Darkness Falls is a powerful work...Readers of her previous work should certainly not be disappointed,whilst those fresh to her output will find this book provides an enticing introduction. - Sherlock High-tension thriller well-crafted novel. Publishers Weekly on Darkness FallsDark,gripping,horrific crime tale. - the bookseller