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Shadow Play Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, February, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Mr. Logo, a whisky-guzzling, Bible-toting road sweeper, desperately combs London for his daughter Enid, missing for four years. To prosecuting attorney Helen West, Logo is a public menace who lures young girls into graveyards, where, she suspects--but can't prove--he fondles them. His neighbors, however, consider Logo a harmless eccentric, and readers of this suspenseful, sophisticated tale of sexual abuse and murder only gradually become aware that he is a woman-hating maniac. West's office buddy, 19-year-old Rose Darvey, who has bedded the whole police force, is actually Logo's missing daughter, using an assumed name; she ran away with her mother to escape his sexual abuse after stabbing him with a kitchen knife in self-defense. Now her mother is missing, possibly a victim of Logo. Sexual banter and police camaraderie give way to a deep exploration of the rage, shame and emotional scars inflicted by child abuse, as Edgar Award winner Fyfield ( A Question of Guilt ) entertains with fully realized characters, withering observations on human behavior and a feminist heroine who swings between a wariness of commitment and a yen to marry her lover, an argumentative cop.
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"Brilliant, dark, scary and authentic. This is a book to be read in daylight." -The Globe and Mail
"Fyfield's intelligence is as ferociously penetrating as ever." -Kirkus Reviews
"If you haven't discovered [Fyfield], do so--. This psychological twister has a terrific villain who is so sympathetic you can't hate him - until the next page." -The Providence Journal
"A terrifying chiller in the tradition of Highsmith and Rendell. Sexual energy - female sexual energy - is one of the spine-chilling ingredients. The women have real sexual and emotional needs which are portrayed with devastating realism." -The Evening Standard
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Top customer reviews
What a twisted and thrill provoking story Shadow play is. I was so sure I knew the answer to it all only to be turned in a whole other direction. This book brought out emotion in me I didn't eve know I had. Shadow play is not a book for the faint of heart. I would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18 just for the sheer crimes that do take place. I was left feeling raw and bare all at the same time yet I knew I wanted to read more! Francis Fyfield did an excellent job in writing such a complete mess with your thought process kind of story. I would recommend her books to anyone.
A winter-dark and dreary London forms the backdrop for this high-voltaged psychological thriller which starts of with a bang and catapult the characters into situations they have never seen coming. What started out as uncomplicated, even unrelated incidences results in the actual life story of one character with nobody grasping the common thread until it is almost too late.
The tale is complex and multi-layered; the narrative easy-going; the plot hair-raising. The writing was creative, descriptive, and exciting. What else can be more satisfying for a thriller - suspense -groupie than just that!? All the characters are realistic and believable. What I enjoyed the most was the way in which an economy with words did not prevent a tale to be told in pristine detail.