Perfectly Pure and Good

Perfectly Pure and Good

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Sarah Fortune's name belies her recent life. A beautiful red-haired attorney, she's still recovering from the macabre attack of a now-deceased client, Charles Tysall, who became obsessed with her. The scars on her creamy skin have healed but will never disappear. Now the senior partner in her firm has asked her to travel to the seaside town of Merton to sort out a legacy left to the feuding Pardoe family. It is the same town where Tysall spent her summer holidays.

Sarah arrives in Merton to find that her clients consist of a dotty matriarch, two brothers (one nasty and one industrious), and a daughter sadly in search of self-esteem. And along a quay studded with cheap amusements and fish-and-chip wrappers lurks a ghost, a phantom who may be more dangerous than any flesh-and-blood villain--

Baker & Taylor
Sent by her London law firm to the seaside town of Merton to sort out the complexities of the Pardoe family estate, Sarah Fortune finds herself drawn into the lives of members of the Pardoe family and confronting malevolent "ghosts" from her own past

Blackwell North Amer
Widely acclaimed as one of England's finest crime novelists at work today, Frances Fyfield has garnered praise for the sophistication of her characterizations, and the intelligence and raw suspense of her narratives. Now, in Perfectly Pure and Good, Fyfield gives us a taut, riveting psychodrama that explores the darkest borders between love and hate.
When Sarah Fortune is sent by her London law firm to the small seaside town of Merton, she senses that there is more to sort out than the huge and convoluted Pardoe estate. Guilt, insecurity, unrequited love, and a touch of insanity are only a few of the problems besetting the Pardoes. Sarah comes to know the "barmy, barking, out of her tree" matriarch; the eldest son - a churlish and demonically driven doctor; the middle "child" - a twenty-two-year-old braggart and brute who plays "happy families" with his dolls when he's not playing nasty practical jokes; and the teenage daughter, bright with gilded innocence and dour with hidden, unwanted knowledge.
But what Sarah cannot know is that as she moves closer to the heart of the Pardoe family secrets, she is also moving toward a confrontation with the tall, white-haired vagrant who has begun to haunt the townspeople and insinuate himself into the power struggles of the Pardoe children - a malevolent and cunning "ghost" out of Sarah's own past.

Baker
& Taylor

Sent by her London law firm to the town of Merton to sort out the Pardoe family estate, Sarah Fortune finds herself drawn into the lives of members of the Pardoe family and confronting malevolent "ghosts" from her own past. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 1994
ISBN: 9780679426653
0679426655
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 23 cm

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deBerry116 Oct 08, 2011

Set in England. I couldn't finish this
choppy and rather boring read.

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