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Frances Fyfield is a practising criminal lawyer and the author of many highly acclaimed novels, most recently BLIND DATE, STARING AT THE LIGHT and UNDERCURRENTS, some of which have been dramatised for television.

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Talented mystery author Frances Fyfield ( Shadows on the Mirror , Pocket Bks., 1992) has written a suspenseful, if somewhat depressing, psychological thriller, the second to be published under her real name. The police are not concerned by the disappearance of reclusive Elisabeth Young, a gifted restorer of damaged paintings. A self-employed single woman has every right to go off without a word, and with no evidence of foul play there is no reason for the police to become involved. The lady's would-be boyfriend, barrister Francis Thurloe, is less sanguine, and his mounting conviction that something is seriously wrong compels him to investigate further. His search leads him to the discovery of a shocking, traumatic event in Elisabeth's past--an event that continues to haunt her. Elisabeth, held prisoner by a madman, is indeed in trouble. This literate, gripping novel is recommended for public libraries where Ruth Rendell is popular.-- Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.

'Frances Fyfield is a fearless practitioner of the sort of writing which has made the crime novel equal and often, because it has to tell a story, superior to other brands of fiction.' John Mortimer

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