A Child's Book of True Crime

A Child's Book of True Crime

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With the dark suspense of Donna Tartt s "The Secret History" and the frank and shocking eroticism of Josephine Hart, this debut novel tells the story of a young teacher s illicit affair and obsession with a historical murder. Tasmanian schoolteacher Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted fourth grader, Lucien. Her lover s wife has just published "Murder at Black Swan Point," a true-crime story about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress in a nearby town. Kate herself has become so obsessed with the murder and so convinced that the published account has it all wrong that she sets about writing her own version this one for children, narrated by Australian animals. Though Lucien s father brings Kate to life sexually in encounters of escalating eroticism, he cannot dull her obsession. Fixated on the crime of passion, Kate is becoming less and less aware of the present and of how her behavior may align her fate with that of the dead girl. Chloe Hooper chillingly captures this young woman s unraveling in an intense, witty, superbly crafted novel."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 132.1 x 200.7 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st Scribner Trade Pbk. Ed
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0743225139
  • 9780743225137
  • 174,782

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Vince Passaro "O The Oprah Magazine" A brilliant, seductive, and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal and murder...Hooper's novel is so tightly woven, so sophisticated, so full of sharp psychological truth and complex emotional and sexual life that you really have trouble believing it could be anyone's first book.show more