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Duncan Wylie, an out-of-work documentary film maker, is out one night filming foxes on Hampstead Heath. He sees a shadow and follows it to a nearby house and discovers a double murder. By the author of "Great Elephant", "Stone Flower", "Venom" and "Loyalties".
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When photojournalist Duncan Wylie thinks he spots a young ape roaming London's Hampstead Heath, he tracks it to a nearby mansion- -deserted except for two dead bodies on the floor, later identified as concert-pianist Madame Eva Raymonde and her unmarried daughter, Hilda. The police also discover, cowering in a foul back bedroom, a terrified mute boy of six or so--the ``ape'' Wylie sighted. The boy is placed in foster care and taken on as a patient by grieving therapist Hannah Wilton, who initially believes him to be autistic, like her dead son, then changes her mind and tries to find the key that will unlock the child's memory--and voice. Meanwhile, Superintendent Begg is taking a personal interest in the case and hounding young Officer Ferry to discover what happened (the house had also been emptied of valuable furniture, antiques, etc.), and Wylie, out for a major scoop, is tailing Hannah and the boy everywhere. More bullets will fly before awful secrets are revealed. Engrossing, with Officer Ferry and his dad interesting enough to mold a series around, and a half-step up for longtime author Scholefield (Dirty Weekend, etc.) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
An astute hybrid of procedural and psychological detailing, this engrossing mystery features several shocking crimes and characters who derive a measure of satisfaction from experiences of emotional brutality. The only witness to the murders of a reclusive mother and daughter is the small boy whom the two women held captive in the upstairs of their London home. But David is mute and unresponsive. Hannah Wilton, the psychologist assigned to the boy's case, puzzles over his silence and his interest in green pens and the number six as she also contends with the attentions of a photographer interested in David and with her own personal tragedy, which bonds her to the boy. The investigating copper is Peter Ferry, a rough-edged hotshot with an urbane superior breathing down his neck. Before the conclusion, a shocker liberally doused in blood, Scholefield ( Thief Taker ) painstakingly surveys subtle developments, including Ferry's evolving relationship with his suddenly possessive father and Wilton's tentative exploration of love after death. A layered, highly satisfying tale.
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