Title: Deep Sleep
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
0434274267 new 1991 Pocket Books hardcover with great dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 16650
Synopsis: The "most psychologically assured novel to date" (The Times) by an Edgar Award nominee. Despite the warnings put forth by her friend Chief Superintendent Geoffrey Bailey, apprentice pharmacist Helen West begins an investigation into the suspicious death of another pharmacist's wife--and uncovers a viper's nest of jealousy, rage, and lethal addictions.
From Publishers Weekly:
Equal parts probing character-study and taut psychological thriller, this stylish mystery from Edgar-nominee Fyfield ( A Question of Guilt ) examines the dark heart beating beneath the civilized British exterior of a desperate criminal who nearly manages the perfect murder. While recuperating from an operation in London, beleaguered Crown Prosectur Helen West is catching up on her files when a police inquiry on a closed case gives her pause. Although the cause of death of 46-year-old Margaret Carlton, a pharmacist's wife, was officially deemed natural causes, the local constable was in enough doubt to alert Helen's office. According to her husband, Mrs. Carlton had acquired "the habit of sniffing chloroform to induce sleep and/or well-being," and one night she overdid it. Or did she? The constable's inquiry bothers Helen and she begins her own investigation of the chemist husband, his nubile assistant, the assistant's ex-husband and a neighborhood junkie--all vividly realized individuals. Helen's policeman paramour and partner in detection, Geoffrey Bailey, seen in Not That Kind of Place , begs her to let matters rest this time, but she cannot. As the novel races to its climax, extraordinary revelations unveil human nature at its worst. Mystery Guild selection.
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