A Fragment of Fear by John Bingham

By John Bingham

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This chilling secret starts off while Lucy Dawson is located strangled in her house. whilst her nephew, Tim, appears to be like into his aunt's dying, humans provide sketchy solutions and the police supply little support. it appears they suspect his pleas are easily a drug-addict's ravings. As he investigates he starts off to discover himself affected by threatening mobilephone calls, and his personal paranoia.

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There was no light in any of the bedrooms. At the far end of the park, swathes of mist veiled the tree trunks. ’ Andersen pushed open a french window and Maigret followed him into a big drawing-room padded with shadows. The window was left open, letting in the cool yet heavy air of evening, as well as a smell of wet grass and leaves. A solitary log was throwing offa few sparks in the fireplace. ’ Andersen had not lighted a lamp, had not even seemed to notice that the dusk was falling. Maigret, left on his own, paced slowly up and down the room, and stopped in front of an easel holding a gouache sketch.

In short, a decision must be taken as soon as possible… Like everybody else, even rich people like the Comte d’Avrainville, I bought my new motor-car on the instalment system… I signed eighteen bills. Mind you, I could have paid cash, but there’s no point in immobilizing capital… The Comte d’Avrainville, whom I mentioned just now, did the same with his Hispano… In short…’ Maigret did not move. He was breathing heavily. ‘I can’t do without a motor. ’ ‘I beg your pardon! ’ Another phrase he liked using.

The vague gesture of a man of the world refusing a cup of tea. ‘I’ll summarize it for you. You arrived in France three years ago, together with your sister Else. You lived for a month in Paris. ’ Carl Andersen nodded in agreement. ‘For the past three years you have lived there in the most complete isolation, so complete that the local people have not seen your sister more than two or three times. No contact with your neighbours. You bought a five horse-power motorcar, of an obsolete make, which you use to do your own shopping at the market at Arpajon.

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