A Suspension of Mercy : A Virago Modern Classic, Paperback

A Suspension of Mercy : A Virago Modern Classic Paperback

Part of the VMC series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349004570



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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.

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