A Death for a Double by E. X. Giroux

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London barrister Robert Forsythe is back and murder follows him. As a favor to the nephew of his secretary and sidekick, Abigail Sanderson, Forsythe agrees to look into the death threats that are being received by wealthy Italian businessman Anthony Funicelli and his pregnant young wife Lucia. At Funicelli's English country house, and in spite of its owner's arrogance, Forsythe is sufficiently intrigued by the motley members of the household to delve into their various backgrounds and characters. He finds that many of them have reason to hate Anthony Funicelli. Lucia, the child bride, might resent having been "bought' by her middle-aged husband. Funicelli's eighteen-year-old twins, Hansel and Gretchen, object strongly to their father's business activities. Cousin Fredo Clemenza has been saved from many scrapes by Anthony, a possible cause for resentment rather than gratitude. Even the servants are suspect: the young Mexican, Type, and the members of the ill-named Flower family, who believe that Funicelli "deflowered" daughter Peony. When murder does occur, the victim, surprisingly, is neither Funicelli nor Lucia, and Forsythe is obliged to start all over again in his search for a killer. Book Dust jacket

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Published January 1, 1990 by St Martins Pr. 202 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The seventh of Giroux's A Death For . . . series ( . . . a Dreamer ) is a contrived, unconvincing exercise. At the request of his secretary's nephew, Robert Forsythe, an amateur sleuth and reportedly

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