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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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Beginnings (More)

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March 4th, 2018 Posted 8:26 am

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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Into The Vault

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March 28th, 2016 Posted 9:19 am

Spence: Today, a new feature, where we open up the vault and take a look at a work by my colleague and longtime acquaintance, Peter Abrahams. How about A PERFECT CRIME? Here’s the first sentence:

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes.

I get the feeling already that “no” is in the air, in both micro and macro ways.

PA: You’re a sensitive reader! A PERFECT CRIME was somewhat inspired by THE SCARLET LETTER, and there are many hints of this connection, none of which were spotted by any reviewers.

SQ: Although I don’t believe Hawthorne ever wrote a shower scene, especially not like the one in A PERFECT CRIME – kind of the PSYCHO shower scene in reverse.

PA: Did they have showers in Hawthorne’s day?

SQ: Above my pay grade. See you next month – we’ll pick a regular date – for another voyage Into The Vault.

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“A FIRST-RATE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER… A plot filled with Machiavellian maneuvers and subtle irony… this novel is a must-read for anyone addicted to thrillers.”
– The Denver Post

 

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