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The Case of Knives [Hardcover]

Candia McWilliam


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May 1988
Lucas Salik is a famous surgeon accustomed to performing bold experiments on other people's hearts and used to being in control of his patients' lives. His closest friend, Anne Cowdenbeath is a woman used to being in control of her ordered existence, whose own heart had long been frozen by the unnatural deaths of her husband and son. Together they embark on quite another type of experiment, the emotional vivisection of a young girl, Cora, who is conveniently without family ties. However, things do not go as smoothly as they planned and sinister happenings begin to disrupt the tidy plan. This is a novel where the hunters and hunted frequently change places and random wounds abound; only life, which in itself is unpredictable, brings healing.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Beech Tree Books (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688079121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688079123
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,151,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As noted London heart surgeon Lucas Salik begins his account of recent events in his life, this first novel appears to be merely a tale of sexual obsession, albeit a brilliantly told one. Lucas is blindly in love with the much younger Hal, who embodies the ideal Britonblond, landed, upper-classthat Polish-born Lucas can never be. When Hal suddenly decides to marry, Lucas sets him up with Cora, in hopes that Hal will soon tire of her and return to him. Just as Lucas's plan seems to be working smoothly, the story bursts open and the narrative voice switches to Cora, who has her own reasons for marrying Hal. Cora is sharp-eyed when it comes to showing Hal as a shallow cad with bleached hair, but she is myopic when it comes to herself, mistakenly believing that her motivations are hidden to others. When Anne, Lucas's best friend, narrates her version of events, the tale becomes full-blown, exploding with intrigue, suspicion, violenceand love. Hal's short contribution at the finale brings yet more surprises. Readers are vividly given to understand how the "truth" of a situation is dependent on the participants' perceptions and desires. McWilliam creates indelible characters, from the pathetically elegant surgeon to his savage, feline nemesis (ironically named Angelica).
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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