Fox Evil by Minette Walters

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Minette Walters's ninth novel, Fox Evil, set in the seemingly bucolic English countryside, establishes a blistering new standard for contemporary suspense.

When elderly Ailsa Lockyer-Fox is found dead in her garden, dressed only in nightclothes and with bloodstains on the ground near her body, the finger of suspicion points at her wealthy husband, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox. A coroner's investigation deems it death by natural causes, but the gossip surrounding James refuses to go away.

Friendless and alone, James and his reclusive behavior begins to alarm his attorney, whose concern deepens when he discovers that his client has become the victim of a relentless campaign accusing him of far worse than the death of his wife. James is unwilling to fight the allegations, choosing instead to devote his energies to a desperate search for the illegitimate granddaughter who may prove his savior as he battles for his name-and his life.

About Minette Walters

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British mystery writer Minette Walters began her literary career as a sub-editor at a romance publishing company. She wrote short stories and romance novels for a time before turning to writing mysteries. Her first mystery novel, The Ice House (1992), won the John Creasy Award for Best First Novel. Later novels have also been award winners. Scold's Bridle won a CWA Gold Dagger and The Sculptress (which was made into a BBC television play) won an Edgar Award.
Published January 1, 2002 by Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Besieged, isolated, and estranged from his ne’er-do-well son Leo and his debauched daughter Elizabeth, who may be exacting revenge on him for his emotional coldness, the increasingly frail and despondent colonel instructs his one ally, solicitor Mark Ankerton, to find the illegitimate daughter El...

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Award winner Walters rounds out her novel with several subplots, including confrontations between fox hunters and hunt saboteurs and other small scandals of rural life, all tied in the end to the resolution of the story.

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Around the time Fox and the travelers arrive in the woods, granddaughter Nancy pays a visit to James and the plot is set into motion.

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At one point Fox was accompanied by his family but now, for an unknown reason, only his son, a small, underfed, terrorized boy, is living with him and Fox himself is showing more interest in what happens to the Lockyer-Fox family than anyone is comfortable with.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Minette Walters follows up her recent investigation of life on an urban "sink estate" (ACID ROW) with an equally stressful trip to a rural village, in this case, in Dorset, populated by a few remnants of the landed gentry, an infusion of the newly monied from town, and some raggle-taggle Travel...

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I have never read any of her work previous to her crime fiction but Walters formerly wrote - and edited - short stories and romance fiction.

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