Macmillan Collector's Library
On Sale: January 8, 2019
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Dr. Edmund Bickleigh married above his station. Although
popular and well respected in his little Devonshire
community, he seethes with resentment at the superior social
status of his domineering wife, Julia. Bickleigh soothes his
inferiority complex by seducing as many of the local women
as he possibly can â€” but with the collapse of his latest
fling and a fresh dose of sneering contempt from Julia, the
doctor resolves to silence his wife forever and begins
plotting the perfect murder.
With Malice Aforethought, Francis Iles produced not
just a darkly comic narrative of psychological suspense but
also a landmark in crime fiction: for the first time, the
murderer's identity was revealed at the start of the tale.
Hailed as a tour de force by the British press of its day,
the book retains its shock value and stands at #16 in the
Crime Writers' Association ranking of the Top 100 Crime
Novels of All Time.
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