The Judgement of Strangers

The Judgement of Strangers

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`Complex, with lots of sinister implications... moves the traditional crime novel on to some deeper level of exploration' Jane Jakeman, Independent

It is 1970. David Byfield, a widowed parish priest with a dark past and a darker future, brings home a new wife to Roth. Throughout the summer, the consequences of the marriage reverberate through a village now submerged in a sprawling London suburb.

Blinded by lust, Byfield is oblivious to the dangers that lie all about him: the menopausal churchwarden with a hopeless passion for her priest; his beautiful, neglected teenage daughter Rosemary; and the sinister presence of Frances Youlgreave - poet, opium addict and suicide - whose power stretches beyond the grave.

Soon the murders and blasphemies begin. But does the responsibility lie in the present or the past? And can Byfield, a prisoner of his own passion, break through to the truth before the final tragedy destroys what he most cherishes?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 24mm | 210g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 000710510X
  • 9780007105106
  • 512,345

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`An intelligent, exciting psychological drama... A powerful feeling of something nasty just around the corner prevails'
Daily Mail

`This author knows precisely how to wield suspense'

`Taylor is a major thriller talent'
Time Out
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About Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the award-winning author of a number of crime novels, including the Dougal series, the Lydmouth books, and The Barred Window. He and his wife live with their children in the Forest of Dean.
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2 6% (21)
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