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A Novel of Suspense; Angel's Head

Smolens, John

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ISBN 10: 0881502979 / ISBN 13: 9780881502978
Published by Foul Play Press, Vermont, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: A Novel of Suspense; Angel's Head

Publisher: Foul Play Press, Vermont

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; Second Printing.

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The New England island community of Angel's Head is shaken by two murders, which may be connected to the plans of a developer--and murder victim--to build a bridge connecting the town to the mainland

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Fear of the future and dreams of the past collide in the remote New England island setting of this evocative, affecting tale by the author of Winter by Degrees . The island of Angel's Head draws its own back as a summer ends. Mark is an unfulfilled journalist. Eliot is a developer who once planned to link the island to the mainland by bridge, a prospect that split apart the island community. Anne, an innkeeper hanging on as the island economy bottoms out, has loved--and still does--both men. But she has married another and has a teenage daughter and a taciturn father to support. Also on hand is Anne's brother Randall, the victim of a nasty head injury years before. The first murder leaves Eliot gutted like a fish and brings two mainland cops who are interested in Mark's recent whereabouts. The story line is fragmented with more death, many sexual encounters (mostly Anne's, but also her daughter's), an excess of red-herring characters and a merely satisfying resolution. Smolens's prose, however, is an understated marvel, the kind of word wizardry that will draw non-genre readers into the crime fold. The dialogue is elliptical and pitch perfect, while the setting--the land and sea observed through fall and into winter--glistens with powerful sensuality.
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