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Dangerous to Know

Yorke, Margaret

ISBN 10: 0745177174 / ISBN 13: 9780745177175
Published by Chivers North America, 1994
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Title: Dangerous to Know

Publisher: Chivers North America

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Large Print Ed.

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The Atlanta Journal & Constitution crowned Margaret Yorke "the queen of the British domestic thriller" after reviewing the veteran crime writer's superb study of malice among suburbanites, Criminal Damage. Now, Yorke's chilling ability to remove the mask of respectability to show us the brutal face beneath reasserts itself with delicious wickedness in her thirty-sixth suspense novel, Dangerous to Know. Deftly she pulls aside the lace curtains of middle-class living to reveal a dark portrait of a marriage.
Riding her bicycle about Creddington in her worn sweater and tweed skirt, Hermione Brown looked as drab, brown, and common as a mouse. Actually she was doing something extraordinary - deceiving her husband, Walter, by secretly taking on two afternoon jobs cleaning houses. For twenty years she had lived in fear of Walter's rages, brutality, and harsh demands. Now, with her daughters grown, she was taking the first small step towards a different life.
Getting away from Walter may be more difficult than Hermione supposes. Walter has a predilection not only for domestic tyranny, but for women with long, dark hair as well. In fact, Walter Brown has started stalking one such woman he glimpsed on the train home from work.
Of course, no one, not the vicar, the neighbors, the town councilmen, nor Hermione herself suspect how dangerous Walter is to know. Slowly, his obsessions grow. Inexorably, he hatches a new scheme involving the woman on the train, his pathological needs - and his wife. And Margaret Yorke has some surprising revelations waiting for us. As Hermione's timid rebellion collides with Walter's twisted plot, the result may be a bang or a whimper ... or a blood-curdling surprise.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this quiet suspense thriller, Yorke ( Criminal Damage ) once again deftly explores the darker side of the lives of characters who, to all appearances, could be the folks next door. Walter Brown didn't begin to hit his wife Hermione until after their two daughters had grown up and left home, but throughout their marriage he has enjoyed controlling her life, relishing opportunities to taunt her and see her "utterly broken." Hermione has begun to balk at doing "her duty" in bed, but Walter has his secret visits to prostitutes in London, where if he gets rough, it's only what they deserve. He doesn't notice that his wife is developing her own secrets: she gains a friend in a woman she meets in a cafeteria and finds work cleaning two houses, which gives her two afternoons out each week and her own pocket money. The appreciation of her friend and her employers arms Hermione to begin to withstand Walter's relentless scrutiny and humiliating comments. She is beginning to consider that she, too, has rights when a meddlesome woman notes the changes in her quiet neighbor's routine. Although, in typical Yorke style, the story builds slowly toward its climax, events of the aftermath fully reward the patient reader.
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