Fraud by Anita Brookner

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At the heart of Anita Brookner's new novel lies a double mystery: What has happened to Anna Durrant, a solitary woman of a certain age who has disappeared from her London flat? And why has it taken four months for anyone to notice?

As Brookner reconstructs Anna's life and character through the eyes of her acquaintances, she gives us a witty yet ultimately devastating study of self-annihilating virtue while exposing the social, fiscal, and moral frauds that are the underpinnings of terrifying rectitude.

About Anita Brookner

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Anita Brookner lives in London.
Published January 1, 1998 by PENGUIN BOOKS LTD. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Back home, Anna considers the lines of ValÇry that describe ``the strength born secretly out of idleness or inaction.'' Consideration is followed by resolve, and Anna returns to France, where she had once been a student, determined to go out into ``the bright, dark, dangerous and infinitely welco...

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plucky and good and desperate, and if one were a man one would move on.'' Indeed, a man has moved on--Lawrence Halliday, the physician who made house calls to her mother and showed interest in Anna before he was snatched away by a more determined manhunter, the silly Vickie Gibson, outfitted and ...

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A recluse vanishes from her London flat and a gullible professor dreams of love at a provincial British university in Brookner's two novels about discontented women.

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Los Angeles Times

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Lawrence Halliday, a doctor and Anna's only potential suitor in the past, has opened an investigation by calling the police to report Anna missing: Anna has failed to appear for a number of appointments, he tells the authorities, "something she would never dream of doing."

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Mrs Marsh, an elderly widow and friend of Anna's mother, believes Anna has 'a plain girl's faith in a happy ending' and sees 'that this was both her salvation and her undoing.'.

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