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Malice Aforethought

Francis Iles.
Item #: D03229
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 320 / 2020
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 9781409194644
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Although popular and well respected in his little Devonshire community, Dr. Edmund Bickleigh seethes with resentment at the superior social status of his domineering wife, Julia. Bickleigh soothes his inferiority complex by seducing as many of the local women as he possibly can—but with the collapse of his latest fling and a fresh dose of sneering contempt from Julia, the doctor resolves to silence his wife forever and begins plotting the perfect murder. Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1971) penned quite a few books under his own name, but this 1931 thriller published under the nom de plume Francis Iles is considered a pioneering classic of the "inverted detective story" genre, in which the identity of the killer is known from the beginning.

 

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