A Cry From the Dark

A Cry From the Dark

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Baker & Taylor
Unable to forget a life-shattering moment from when she was an Australian schoolgirl, author Bettina Whitelaw works on her memoir and becomes increasingly disturbed when she realizes that someone she knows may be trying to kill her.

Blackwell North Amer
Bettina Whitelaw has come a long way from her childhood in the little outback town of Bundaroo, Australia. Many years have passed, a lifetime really, but she's never forgotten what happened there on the evening that changed her life forever.
How could she forget the school dance, her taunting classmates, dancing with the strange but brilliant English boy, Hughie Naismyth? How could she forget what happened next, when, overheated and exhilarated by the music and the moment, she wandered off along into a secluded, wooded area?
Now a renowned, elderly author living in London's elegant Holland Park, Bettina faces a flood of memories as she works on her memoirs, even though her focus is more on the frightening things that are happening today. Someone has recently entered her home and gone through her desk. The intruder is clearly not an ordinary burglar. It must be someone she knows. She's been a little lax in handing out keys, so the suspects are many - her nephew, Mark; her agent, Clare; her friends, Peter or Katie. Or it could be someone else.
What does Bettina possess that his person would want to steal? A puzzle that at first seems mildly disturbing soon turns deadly serious. Someone is willing to kill - but why? Does the answer rest in Bundaroo or nearer to home?

Baker
& Taylor

Unable to forget a life-shattering moment that happened to her when she was an Australian schoolgirl, renowned author Bettina Whitelaw works on her memoir and becomes increasingly disturbed when she realizes that someone she knows may be trying to kill her. 15,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Master of mystery Robert Barnard, internationally acclaimed for his suspenseful, witty literary gems, cleverly mixes past and present in A Cry from the Dark, an intriguing tour de force sweeping from 1930s Australia to contemporary London. Bettina Whitelaw has come a long way from her childhood in the little outback town of Bundaroo, Australia. Many years have passed, a lifetime really, but she's never forgotten what happened there on the evening that changed her life forever.How could she forget the school dance, her taunting classmates, dancing with the strange but brilliant English boy, Hughie Naismyth? How could she forget what happened next, when, overheated and exhilarated by the music and the moment, she wandered off alone into a secluded, wooded area? Now a renowned, elderly author living in London's elegant Holland Park, Bettina faces a flood of memories as she works on her memoirs, even though her focus is more on the frightening things that are happening today. Someone has recently entered her home and gone through her desk. The intruder is clearly not an ordinary burglar. It must be someone she knows. She's been a little lax in handing out keys, so the suspects are many -- her nephew, Mark; her agent, Clare; her friends, Peter or Katie. Or it could be someone else.What does Bettina possess that this person would want to steal? A puzzle that at first seems mildly disturbing soon turns deadly serious. Someone is willing to kill -- but why? Does the answer rest in Bundaroo or nearer to home? A Cry from the Dark shows us vintage Robert Barnard as he slyly lays the clues that lead to his trademark surprise -- and poignant -- ending.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
Edition: First Scribner edition
ISBN: 9780743253451
0743253450
Branch Call Number: MYS Barnard, R 2004
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 23 cm

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