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Fiddleback: A Novel Hardcover – 22 Mar 2002

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (22 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333906292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333906293
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,328,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fiddleback comprehensively demonstrates that JM Morris has all the assurance and authority of a seasoned veteran; this is a truly chilling debut.

Ruth Gemmill grows worried when her younger brother Alex stops returning her calls. He has been living in the small village of Greenwell and working as a teacher, so Ruth travels there to find out what has happened to him. She meets an intimidating wall of silence from the locals, and the growing unease the town generates in her is worsened by the blank non-cooperation of the police. The questions accumulate, but the most pressing is who is the "grey man" Alex's pupils saw him with just before he vanished. As Ruth's fears escalate, the tension is ratcheted up by the appearance of a brutal ex-lover she knew in London, a man who caused her years of pain. And as Ruth descends into this nightmare of mystery and suspicion, she comes ever closer to some terrifying revelations.

There are familiar elements here, of course, not least the suspicious, close-mouthed townsfolk. But Morris adroitly reinvents such tricks of the suspense novelist's trade and delivers a brilliantly orchestrated narrative. Morris is particularly successful in the first-person narrative chosen for the increasingly concerned Ruth: her growing psychological tension is perfectly matched by the ever-darkening trajectory of the mystery. --Barry Forshaw

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'Nightmarish... [Morrris] writes superbly about a small town's subtle gathering of menacing forces' Time Out -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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