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Trying to clear his lover's name after she is charged with murdering her family members, Lomax, an astronomer, uncovers a web of cruelty, deceit, and desire that comes to a shocking conclusion at Julia's trial. A first novel. 100,000 first printing. Lit Guild Feat Alt.
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Liz Rigbey lives in Hampshire. Her debut novel, TOTAL ECLIPSE, was published to widespread acclaim and was shortlisted for WH Smith's Thumping Good Read.From Publishers Weekly:
When beautiful Julia Fox is accused of murdering her husband and stepdaughter, her lover, an astronomer named Lomax, assists the defense team investigating the crime. But to his dismay, Lomax uncovers evidence that helps the prosecution more than the defense: a history of antagonism between Julia and her step-daughter, Gail; hints of incest between Gail and her lawyer father; a huge withdrawal from Julia's trust fund that may have been a blackmail payment. Complicating matters are the dead man's membership in a club that caters to peculiar sexual tastes, and Lomax's obsessive jealousy of Julia. Set in and around an unnamed California observatory, which serves as the source of a subplot about celestial distortions that neatly ties into the main story line, Rigbey's first novel boasts gripping courtroom sequences, a driving style and believable characters?but only up to a point. The trouble is that the plot climaxes in what is clearly meant to be a stunning surprise?but it's one that many readers will have guessed long before. And once the secret is out so are the author's manipulations, which now appear obvious, as does the lack of discernment in otherwise intelligent characters. Still, excepting this major flaw, this is a well-written and engrossing debut, tailored for a hot summer day's read. Major ad/promo.
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