- Publisher: Penguin Books (2000)
- ISBN-10: 0140282009
- ISBN-13: 978-0140282009
- ASIN: B002C01VNQ
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,099,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some have criticized the coincidences and gimmicks, but I really didn't find them intrusive at all. I think that kind of critique misses the point that the author is creating a somewhat absurd set of circumstances to highlight some of the plotting and conventions of detective stories. For sure, his style is engaging and his characters very well drawn. This book was enjoyable from start to finish and a pageturner to boot.
A Perfect Crime focuses on the violent consequences of deceiving oneself and misleading others in the context of an adulterous affair. America's premier, fictional adulteress, Hester Prynne, wore the Scarlet Letter openly, and it became the symbol of her redemption. Dimmesdale's scarlet letter, invisible to the eye, burned through his breast and became the fatal emblem of his sin. Francie's scarlet letter is the voice of a conscience that she barely hears and rarely heeds, an echo that whispers of loyalty and friendship in the world of wealth and social status into whose selfish and shallow sophistication she's been successfully acculturated.
Mired in a loveless marriage, for whose failure she bears an equal responsiblity, Francie begins an affair with Ned whom she imagines she loves but who serves as her means of gratifying her unfulfilled sexual needs even as Ned uses Francie to gratify his own desire for a classy and erotically passionate woman whose attentions flatter his ego, Ned having tired of Anne, his somewhat drab, unassertive wife.
When their pas de deux begins to wear thin, Francie tries to bail out of the relationship, persuading herself that she's doing so out of concern for Anne with whom, by chance, she's become acquainted.Read more ›
As another reviewer mentioned, this book has a marvelous undertone of humor--particularly involving Roger, the brilliant fool of a husband who wants to do away with his cheating wife. Following Roger made me snicker as he concurrently increased my vocabulary. Yes, Roger's a total toad, but no one is a saint in this "immorality tale" of adultery (except the suspicious yet kind-minded Anne).
All of the elements of this story snap together and fit, so that the end reading experience is a totally satisfying one. As suggested by the title, it's "perfect" - as in perfectly enjoyable.
And just because there is a humorous thread does not mean the story is devoid of suspense. No indeed! In fact, when the maniacal Whitey was in the cottage, I felt some genuinely dark anticipation, wondering what poor unfortunate would (or wouldn't) discover Whitey at the scene.
However you choose to view this book, it is a fun read due to the talent of Mr. Abrahams. I just LOVED this one! And I'm not even a Harvard grad with an IQ of 188.
It is the story of the affair between Francie and Ned who are both married to other people. Everything gets more and more complicated as their lives become entwined. Deception, jealousy, madness and murder...this one has it all!!
If you are looking for a well-written entertaining thriller,and are not too picky about everything being 100% realistic (it is fiction, after all!) look no further!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I,liked the book right through till the end where two of the main characters were dropped and never new what happened
Well, I read it because Stephen King recommended it.
I am not a huge fan of King's but I respect his judgment about mystery/thrillers.
This was a good tip from him. Read more
I have been enjoying Peter Abrahams' books recently and this one is my favorite so far! Believable characters, a fast plot line, many unexpected twists and turns. Great story!Published 24 months ago by Doris von Deylen
I thought it was great at keeping me at the edge, I couldn't put it down bc I wanted to find out what was going to happen!Published on July 15, 2014 by Stephanie
A little slow at outset but took off about midway. Some things that stretch it a bit but I would recommend it highlyPublished on July 1, 2014 by Daniel Petrosini
I don't usually read mysteries, or dramas and I thought it was great. I couldn't put it down. Not a great pre-bed read though.Published on January 9, 2014 by Kyra deGruy
I looked at the photo of the little plane then the title of the book a perfect crime. Something is not correct here.Published on April 15, 2013 by Donna Patacchiola