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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (Oct. 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441840907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441840905
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a page turning thriller with a host of quirky, interesting characters. When two unhappy marriages give rise to the adulterous relationship between the husband in one marriage and a wife in another, all hell eventually breaks loose, and murder is the end result.

When Frances enters into an adulterous affair with Ned, a radio show psychologist, little does she know where it will lead. When Roger, her brilliant, though socially clueless husband, discovers her perfidy, he sets out to construct the perfect murder. Enlisting the aid of an ex-con, who initially has no idea he is a pawn in a murder plot, thinks quickly go awry, as the ex-con proves to have his own ideas about things.

This is an excellent thriller, laced with humorous moments. Tautly written, with fairly well-fleshed characters, despite it being a plot driven book, it should appeal to those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers.
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A Perfect Crime is a great psychological thriller that races away at the beginning but becomes slightly derailed at the end. The basic premise is: Francie and Ned are having an affair. Francie's vile husband Roger finds out about it and plans to kill them both. However, the twists and coincidences that occur are startling and exciting and make this thriller into something very original.
I especially loved the backdrop to this thriller. The weather is always cold and icy and the house where Francie and Ned meet in centred on an island and can only be reached by rowing across in a small boat. These elements provide great atmosphere and originality. Roger is diabolical and I enjoyed the contrast between how he viewed himself (clever, self assured) and the way others saw him (strange nutcase!).
Overall A Perfect Crime is a competent thriller with short sections and snappy dialogue. The characters are well developed although certain aspects seemed unlikely such as Roger thinking he'd be able to control Whitey Truax so perfectly that he could commit the perfect murder where he couldn't be implicated. However, this book is filled with suspense and surprises, so you'd be wise to give it a go. I'm glad I did.
JoAnne
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Summary: an average thriller. The other book I read by Abrahams, The Tutor, was far, far superior.
Let's start with the plus: the book was exciting and definitely an entertaining read.
The minuses: I counted three implausible coincidences that mar the story (see below -- to be avoided if you haven't read the book). The resolution is not completely satisfactory either.
Plotting mistakes: 1) the phone call to the radio show which Roger somehow overhears; 2) the lover meeting the wife at her tennis club -- couldn't this have been arranged better?; 3) the lover discovering the cheating husband is actually cheating on her -- the whole scene is very implausible. What is frustrating is that each of these developments could have been avoided pretty easily in my opinion.
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By Darren Jacks on Aug. 29 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a perfect novel about cheaters and what happens when they are found out, but with a twist of an ending.
Easily readable with a smooth plot, likeable characters, and a snappy little moral tale about what happens when we betray the one we love.
A perfect summer-time read on the beach, in the house, or out loud at the bridge club meeting!!!
Two thumbs way way up!
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Francie and Roger Cullingwood are drifting apart. Roger has been looking for a job for the past year after being fired, Francie is unhappy with her marriage and she has been having an affair with radio psychologist, Ned DeMarco. She is also having doubts with her affair since meeting Ned's wife, who through unforeseen circumstances and coincidence winds up being Francie's tennis partner in an important tournament. Roger finds Francie's love nest and he has decided that he wants her dead but just like any other criminal, he does not want to get caught.
After doing some thorough research he decides to manipulate Whitey Truax into committing a crime in which his wife will turn out dead. Just like any other book things do not turn up as planned and all of Roger's scheming have gone done the tubes into a predictable conclusion. Roger thinks he is too smart and that he has planned for every eventuality and this book shows that is not entirely true.
In reading this novel I was expecting a story similar to A SIMPLE PLAN by Scott Smith. This story has too many coincidences that tempted me to stop reading the book. This is my first Peter Abrahams novel and I will try to read him again in the future. He does a good job with characterization but to me the plot fizzled. There were some loose ends that were not clarified and there were at least two characters in the book that I found to be redundant to the storyline. I do not think removing them would have made any difference but that is just how I feel.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "A Perfect Crime" Peter Abrahams gives us several well-developed characters, then sets them on a collision course that is as unpredictable as it is inevitable. We know the scenario can only lead to disaster, but what kind? And who will be the ultimate victim(s)? The pace picks up, the complications multiply, and the plot switches gears often enough to keep readers guessing till the end. A really well-written story.
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