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Serious Intent Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446405140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446405140
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,316,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fatherless boys-some of whom yield to bad company, others to good influence-give British writer Yorke's latest a strong emotional dimension. Self-reliant Mark lives with his unmarried mother; angry, thieving Steve with his widowed stepmother. Together they while away afternoons with aged invalid Tom Morton at his home, The Willows. Up the road at Merrifields lives Richard Gardner, a generous man of great patience, with his abusive, manic-depressive wife, Verity, and her sons, vulnerable Terry and tough, rude Justin. As village incidents of vandalism, arson and burglary escalate, each of the boys falls under suspicion. When Tom dies, homely retired spinster Marigold Darwin buys his house. Here Yorke's trademark suspense kicks in: Alan, the man Tom raised as a son, has completed a prison sentence for his wife's murder and finds he is disinherited. Determined to dig up his murder weapon under the shed at The Willows so he can start a new life in crime, Alan nurses his rage, and it's only a matter of time before he claims a new victim. Yorke works a subtle psychological study of bad behavior, yet leaves the reader free to root for the triumphs of those who choose to act decently. Mystery Guild featured alternate.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Once again, Yorke offers an engaging combination of psychological intensity and murderous intent in an English village setting. The secrets of two neighboring houses cause problems for their inhabitants, especially when a killer comes to reclaim a hidden lethal weapon. For all collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Margaret Yorke is one of the most renowned British female authors of the mystery novel. She was born in Surrey but she spent her childhood in Dublin, Ireland before moving to England in 1937. During World War II she worked as a driver for the Women's Royal Naval service, and after the war she became the first woman to work in Christ Church library, Oxford.

She served as Chairman of the Crime Writer's association between 1979 and 1980, and went on to win the 1993 Golden Handcuffs award, a prize given to the UK's most popular crime writer. She was also awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 1999.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on July 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the calm sinister voice perfected by a few British mystery authors, Yorke delivers a quiet tale of domestic misery and malice.

The tidy village of Haverscot presents a harmonious face to the world but at its heart secret tensions and resentments are building. Long-suffering Richard Garrett's second marriage is failing under the weight of his helpless wife's wild mood swings and drinking and his stepsons' growing resentment. An old man dies after a visit from his murderer son. The boys who cared for him continue to haunt his house in diverse ways, having a profound effect on the retired spinster who buys the place.

York's characters cross and re-cross paths in the daily course of village life, building up a web of secrets, misunderstandings and emotional encounters while the reader waits tensely for the straw which upsets the delicate balance.

This is a story entirely of mood and character, with the most likable characters naturally facing the highest risk. Veteran writer Yorke produces another winner.
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Format: Hardcover
this thought provoking story is Margaret Yorke at her best. She again serves up an intelligent, forthright look at modern life, warts & all!! It is filled with quiet menace, something she is SO good at doing. My only problem with Margaret Yorke is that she doesn't write new books fast enough, hence my second reading of "Serious Intent" It was just as good as the first time!!
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