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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.


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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