A Suspension of Mercy : A Virago Modern Classic Paperback
Part of the VMC series
Sydney Bartleby has killed his wife. At least, he has thought about it, compulsively, repeatedly, plotting schemes, designing escapes, forging alibis.
Of course he has; he's a thriller writer. He even knows how to dispose of her body. But when Alicia takes a long, unannounced holiday, Sydney descends into the treacherous world of his own fantasy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/11/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780349004570
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Review by devenish
A married couple living in a remote area of Suffolk,the wife a (sort of) artist and the husband an aspiring writer. They argue more and more,and the husband dreams of knocking her off. After a while the wife tells him she is going away for an unspecified time and refuses to tell him where. The husband rather foolishly weaves a murder story around this,in which he carries her body from the house in a rolled-up carpet which he then buries in a nearby forest. The wife has vanished.The husband gets deeper and deeper in the mire,accused of a murder he has not committed.A typical Patricia Highsmith psychological thriller.