Juggling the Stars

A Novel
Product Number: EB00743405
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628720419
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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"Better than Silence of the Lambs . . . Macabre fun orchestrated with immaculate precision. It's a killer" (Los Angeles Times). Morris Duckworth teaches English to the pampered rich of Verona and is not pleased. Living a meager existence in a squalid apartment, he regards his privileged students with envy and disdain, first wreaking revenge by petty theft and then, like all good criminals, graduating to grander larceny. When one of those students, a beautiful but vapid heiress, falls in love with him, Morris can almost smell upward mobility. However, after the girl's mother-much to his chagrin-unequivocally forbids her from seeing him, he hits upon the perfect scheme: He convinces the besotted girl to run off with him, then sends ransom notes to her family. Following a frightening logic, Morris's subversions become deeper and darker. Soon events are spiraling with eerie momentum into a nightmare of deception and violence. As Publishers Weekly observed about the protagonist, "So deft is Parks's dissection of Morris's pathology that this taut narrative gains in suspense and surprise and sweeps to a shocking conclusion." "As always, Mr. Parks's principal strength is in his crisp, unsentimental, grimly comic portrayal of characters on the edge . . . Continued evidence of Mr. Parks's edgy, restless talent." -The New York Times "Parks turns up the heat, with wonderfully scary results . . . His move into the suspense field is a triumph." -Kirkus Reviews

Author(s): Tim Parks
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2001

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