The Nature Of The Beast Paperback – 4 Oct 2001
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Unusually for a crime novel, it is not entirely clear whether any crime has even been committed for much of the first half of Frances Fyfield's The Nature of the Beast. Amy Petty, a troubled and apparently pathetic woman, walks away from a major train crash, leaving her husband, a large, brutish debarred barrister, engaged in a complex libel suit (he is accused of cruelty to animals at least, bestiality at worse), to conclude that she has perished in the fire, her body never to be recovered.
John Box, QC, and his junior (and mistress), Elizabeth Manser, are hired by Douglas Petty to fight his corner in the libel case against the national newspaper that anonymously received a video and photographs of the alleged act of gross indecency. While Box is a handsome, intellectual and astonishingly self-centred married man, Elizabeth is lonely and giving. With such rich characterisations and thoughtful scene setting, readers looking for a fast-paced, shock-a-chapter traditional thriller might be somewhat confused, if not sorely disappointed.
Those familiar with her work and those looking for something more than a quick whodunit, will find a finely written, intelligent, psychological novel about the different kinds of criminals that fill the corridors of our courts and the cells of our prisons, and what makes one criminal, or one crime, more or less repellent than another. --Carey Green
Fyfield knows how to keep the reader gripped right until the end...an intriguing read. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
A book that grips from the beginning. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
A black but compelling thriller which keeps you guessing until the end. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)
Fyfield manages to tell a moving tale; wonderfully written and full of original moments. (THE TIMES)
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Even though this was an unusual story, I'm glad I kept reading because, in the final chapters, all loose ends were tied up and the ending was really satisfying! If you've got the patience to stick this one out, it's really worth reading.
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A beguiling, intriguing and perplexing delight where 'knowing' is ignorance and discovery pure joy. AND it all ends - well you must find out for yourself - read this!Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by Mr. P. F. Cosker
I am amazed at Frances Fyfield's range. This one is quite different to all of her other crime novels, and is it really a crime novel? One can only read and absorb. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2009 by Eileen Shaw