Posts Tagged ‘A Perfect Crime’

Beginnings

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March 3rd, 2019 Posted 7:12 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1998, A PERFECT CRIME. (Tennis plays a role in this one, as it does in THE TUTOR.)

[“Roger Cullingwood, one of the villains in Peter Abrahams’ ninth suspense novel, is a “throwback.” He believes in aristocracy, both inherited and earned. He has a mansion on Boston’s Beacon Hill, a summa cum laude degree from Harvard and an IQ of 181….Roger has lost his job as a securities analyst and can’t get another, for reasons that are mysterious to him but clear to us: He lacks the normal complement of human feelings, except for jealousy and pride….Only when A Perfect Crime is over do we see how Abrahams, a plotter even more skilled than Roger, has manipulated us. We don’t mind too much, because in this case the conventions of the genre have packaged not only the expected thrills but that always unexpected bonus: good writing.” – The Los Angeles Times]

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes. But here in the artist’s studio, with its view of the Dorchester gas tank superimposed on the harbor beyond, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. The problem was she hated the paintings.

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Tennis

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August 21st, 2018 Posted 8:58 am

Yesterday a reader commented on the tennis in A PERFECT CRIME (http://www.chetthedog.com/chet-the-dog/beginnings-more-8). A quick think reminded us that tennis is also important in THE TUTOR. Also, in THEREBY HANGS A TAIL, the 2nd Chet and Bernie novel, doesn’t Chet encounter a tennis lesson and … offer his own kind of instruction, is maybe how to put it? Since the U.S. Open starts today, we’ll feature a few tennis scenes over the next two and a half weeks. Are there some tennis scenes – anywhere in the work of Peter Abrahams a.k.a. Spencer Quinn – that we’re missing?

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Beginnings (Repeat)

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May 20th, 2018 Posted 6:16 am

On the road with some computer issues, so here’s a beginnings repeat.

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1998, #9 – A PERFECT CRIME. Barnesandnoble.com said: “An extraordinary high-water mark in the art of suspense … He even creates a shower scene – unbearably frightening, excruciatingly long, and the blackest of black comedy – that will make you forget the one in Psycho.”

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes. But here in the artist’s studio, with its view of the Dorchester gas tank superimposed on the harbor beyond, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. The problem was she hated the paintings.

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More On A PERFECT CRIME

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March 5th, 2018 Posted 8:55 am

In some ways, A PERFECT CRIME (1998) was meant to have echoes of a well-known nineteenth-century novel – also set in New England, also a story of adultery, also with a husband named Roger. And there are other hints as well. Although A PERFECT CRIME was widely reviewed, no one seems to have noticed. The message was there’s no such thing as too obvious, but we’ve never believed that.

And the 19th-century novel was?

 

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