Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for ...
Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for children, narrated by Australian animals. But has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress? Compelled by the lives of her nine-year-old students, Kate is a misfit among their parents. And though, in scenes of escalating eroticism, Lucien's father brings her to life sexually, he does nothing to penetrate her obsession with the past. Kate is fixated on the crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding 238 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. BOOK SIGNED ON TITLE PAGE. image of book is correct. Like--new appearance. Brodart cover protected. Quarter cloth cover and boards
Fine. Inscribed by Hooper, "For Michael, I'm blaming the altitude. With Best Wishes, Chloe Hooper. Denver, 4/18/2002. An Advance Reading Copy in glossy printed wrappers. A debut novel about an Australian teacher who tempts fate by sleeping with the father of one of her students.; Signed by Author.
Very Good+ in Very Good+, Not Price Clipped jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Chloe Hooper on the title page with no inscription; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectable condition.
Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Inscribed by Hooper, and dated in the year of publication. Slight rubbing, primarily to the rear fold. A debut novel about an Australian teacher who tempts fate by sleeping with the father of one of her students. An Advance Reading Copy (not signed) with publisher's material laid in is included.; Signed by Author.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed By Author Signed by Author on title page. Author's First Novel. First U.K. Edition. NF/NF. Hardcover, black cloth with gilt titles, DJ, 238 pp, very slight shelfwear to DJ, else a clean and crisp copy. Protected in a Brodart cover.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-17 From a young Australian comes this darkly comic debut starring Kate Byrne, a 22-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Endport Primary in Tasmania. One of Kate's favorite students is Lucien Marne, whose precociousness and premature cynicism make him an outsider in class. He greatly resembles his father, Thomas, a well-to-do lawyer with whom Kate is having a passionate affair. After Thomas's urbane wife, Veronica, publishes a creepy children's book, Murder at Black Swan Point, strange things begin to happen to Kate. In her book, Veronica inserts cute Australian animal characters into a gruesome plot based on a real-life crime: teenager Eleanor Siddell worked as an assistant to veterinarian Graeme Harvey; the older man seduced Eleanor, who easily succumbed to his charms. Allegedly, when Graeme's wife discovered their secret trysts, she murdered the girl and disappeared, leaving her abandoned car atop Suicide Cliffs. Now, in the wake of increasingly disturbing events the failure of her car's brakes, Lucien's violent drawings Kate suspects that perhaps Veronica wrote the book as a warning, or maybe even a plan of action. Kate's paranoia leads her to distrust everyone, including herself. The writing, though frequently excellent, is compromised by the book's overall feeling of disorganization. Kate displays a level of sophistication unlikely for a 22-year-old who's just striking out on her own she tosses off such observations as "perhaps all perversity comes gift-wrapped, so to speak, in the banal" and far too many pages are devoted to her musings on Eleanor's murder. Hooper's wicked, sexy tale nevertheless proves she is a writer of great promise. 6-city author tour. (Mar. 19) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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