The Silence by Charles MacLean

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Tom and Karen Welford live in a fairy tale existence -- a successful marriage; wealth; good looks; a beautiful child; and Edgewater, their sprawling estate on Long Island's exclusive Gold Coast. But beneath this veneer of carefree gentility, the Welford's are playing out a sordid tale of dark obsessions and double lives, of sadism, addiction, and abuse. Worst of all their little boy has been scared literally speechless by what he has seen.

Drawing strength from a secret lover, Karen tries to flee her husband's twisted tyranny and put the madness and deception behind her. But she needs money for her escape. So Karen turns to a shadowy figure who, unbeknownst to her, harbors plans to ensnare all three -- husband, wife, and lover -- in a fiendishly clever trap that will turn them against one another, and lead to blackmail, betrayal, and murder.


About Charles MacLean

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 1, 1997 by Harper. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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