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- Publisher: Faber Finds
- Format: Paperback | 310 pages
- Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 26mm | 340g
- Publication date: 24 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571294669
- ISBN 13: 9780571294664
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,060,928
On a chill Northern Californian evening, high on a cliff in the lagoon township of Bolinas, a woman is running, barefoot, toward her open convertible. Behind her in the dark is the summer house where her reclusive husband now lies dead. She will drive to San Francisco, there to break the news to her domineering mother, since she has nowhere else to go. A scandal is in the offing - and even if it can be averted, a horde of family secrets are about to hauled into light. First published in 1955, "A Fox Inside" was David Stacton's second novel. "Mysterious and absorbing ...as a mystery story with marked psychological perceptions this one grips and pleases". (V.S. Pritchett, "Bookman"). "The concentration of a Mauriac applied to the fringes of San Francisco". ("Sunday Times"). "A taut well-planned thriller". ("Books" and "Bookmen").
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David Stacton (1923-1968) was born Lionel Kingsley Evans in San Francisco. He attended Stanford University before serving in the Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, eventually graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951. Stacton went to Europe after college and ended up staying, in his words, 'because I liked it and because I could not get my books in print in America.' His first novel, Dolores, was published in England in 1954. Among the wide-ranging historical and biographical novels for which he would become best known are Remember Me, about Ludwig of Bavaria; On a Balcony, about Nefertiti and Pharaoh Akhenaten; Segaki, set in feudal Japan; A Signal Victory, about the Spanish conquest of the Yucatan; Old Acquaintance, set at a film festival and telling of the loves of a star resembling Marlene Dietrich; and People of the Book, set during the Thirty Years' War. In 1968 he moved to Fredensborg, Denmark, but ten days later he was found dead in his new home. He was forty-four years old.