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In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a woman from his past, someone he has been trying to forget ever since, as much in love with as in dread of her. When she asks for his help, he is unavoidably drawn into a dizzying maelstrom of intrigue, crime and violence which soon proceeds to destroy his life, piece by piece, day by day. Grown up man seduced into depths of deception by a femme fatale is not a new theme by far, but this modern variation has all the pace of the best genre movies and proves a landslide of emotions, red herrings, colourful villains and breathless action. Betrayal sits on every corner, and beware of women who are both beautiful and not what they seem. Why do men never learn the essential lessons?
George Foss never thought he'd see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack's Tavern. When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl's grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece - the one who had committed suicide - was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved - and of the things she may have done to escape her past. Now, twenty years later, she's back, and she's telling George that he's the only one who can help her...
|Publication date:||4th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber Crime an imprint of Faber & Faber|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 01/08/2021
Peter Swanson's debut novel, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (2014), was described by Dennis Lehane as 'a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride' and in the Observer as 'very hard not to read in one sitting'. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.More About Peter Swanson