The Collard and Vandervent families for decades have shared a large estate in the elegant London suburb of Blackheath. It's the 1890s and the families' near-incestuous entanglement has grown into a toxic web of lies and bitterness. While mama keeps an iron grasp on the purse strings, an unmarried daughter sucks greedily on her own disappointment, a son raises corruption to an art form, and an ethereal daughter-in-law casts come-hither glances at anything in pants. She casts them frequently at young Paul Vandervent, who responds by filling his journal with fevered love poems. When one member after another of the extended clan falls victim to gastric misadventure, and his beloved falls under suspicion, Paul embarks on an equally feverish quest to clear her name.
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The descendants of Charles Mortimer, the Collards and the Vandervents, share two mansions on Blackheath. Despite their wealth and position, they are a family cursed by bad luck from which no generation is exempt. Roger Vandervent, the manager of the family business, dies from food poisoning.About the Author:
Julian Symons is primarily remembered as a master of the art of crime writing. However, in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work. Social and military history, biography and criticism were all subjects he touched upon with remarkable success, and he held a distinguished reputation in each field. His novels were consistently highly individual and expertly crafted, raising him above other crime writers of his day. It is for this that he was awarded various prizes, and, in 1982, named as Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America – an honour accorded to only three other English writers before him: Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and Daphne Du Maurier. He succeeded Agatha Christie as the president of Britain’s Detection Club, a position he held from 1976 to 1985, and in 1990 he was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers for his lifetime’s achievement in crime fiction. Symons died in 1994.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New - unused and unread. DJ protected by mylar / price-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # D4LB-0060142111
Book Description Harpercollins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060142111
Book Description Harpercollins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060142111