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The Breaker; The Breaker (Booklet)

Minette Walters

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ISBN 10: 0333747127 / ISBN 13: 9780333747124
Published by Macmillan, London, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Unread copy in Excellent Dust Jacket that is in a protective Mylar cover. No bumps, no marks, no sunning, no clips - The Book and DJ are Flawless. As stated, 1st Printing. This is the 1st UK and True 1st Edition. ***EXTRA Booklet*** This copy comes with. A Pre-Publication Soft-Cover booklet of the First Five Chapters of "The Breaker" that includes a biographical sketch of the author and a NOTE that is Laid-In on Macmillan stationary from Philippa McEwan, Publicity Director of Macmillan. This is a very unusual Pre-Publication item that is dated 1998 and a 1st printing. This booklet has some bumping to one corner. This item shipped securely cushioned and in a sturdy box. Wonderful Collector's Set. Bookseller Inventory # 001564

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Title: The Breaker; The Breaker (Booklet)

Publisher: Macmillan, London

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Why was Mary killed, and her daughter, a witness, allowed to live? Why weren't they together, and why had Mary willingly boarded a boat when she had a terror of drowning at sea? Police suspicion centres both on a young actor, and the murdered woman's husband.

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The nude body of a 31-year-old woman washes up in a secluded cove on the Dorset coast; at the same time, her 3-year-old daughter is found wandering alone in the streets of a nearby town. The woman, Kate Sumner, was raped and choked before being thrown into the water, and traces of Rohypnol, the so-called date-rape drug, are found in her bloodstream. There are just three suspects in the crime: Kate's husband, William Sumner, a tortured and sexually frustrated man; a handsome, charming but also very disturbed young actor named Steven Harding; and Tony Bridges, a teacher whose friendship with Harding is complicated by jealousy and anger.

Out of these basic ingredients, Minette Walters--the reigning alchemist of the British psychological thriller--has spun another complicated story of passion and repression. In the introduction to the reviewer's edition, Walters says: "Each character is portrayed in depth, and the solution lies in understanding what goes on inside their heads." This is true, up to a point. But what Walters doesn't mention is the sly, slow, and occasionally devious way she doles out the information needed to reach that understanding. You have to weigh the evidence of tidal charts and forensic tests. You must also decide whether the little lies of the characters add up to a big guilt. It's a plausible ending, but you may feel a bit manipulated. Other examples of Walters's alchemy: The Dark Room, The Echo, The Ice House, The Scold's Bridle. --Dick Adler

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