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Title Apple Tree Yard / Louise Doughty.
Author Doughty, Louise, 1963-
Publication New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition First American edition.
Description 317 pages ; 24 cm
Call # FIC DOUGHTY
Note "Originally published in 2013 in slightly different form by Faber and Faber Limited, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Summary "An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications. Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. As the barrister's voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she's lost herself and the life she'd built so carefully to a man who never existed at all. After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard. Suspenseful, erotically charged, and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts"-- Provided by publisher.
"Gripping literary thriller about a woman who makes one rash choice and ends up on trial for murder"-- Provided by publisher.
Sitting in a courtroom after being charged with murder, a geneticist and happily married mother of two reflects on her affair with a secret lover who claimed a connection to the British government and who seduced her with an irresistible combination of sexual power, justice and revenge
Subject Women geneticists -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Adultery -- Fiction.
Deception -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Genre Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
ISBN 9780374105679 (hbk.) :
0374105677 (hbk.)

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