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Night Windows

Jonathan Smith

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

* Taut and compelling, NIGHT WINDOWS is a psychological thriller of the highest class.

Someone has stolen Patrick Balfour's identity. A successful headmaster of a London school, a regular broadcaster and a writer of historical novels, as well as having a fairly spicy private life, Balfour is the object of some unsurprising envy. Yet who would be so malicious as to commit identity fraud and frame Patrick as a thief and a paedophile, using his national insurance number and impersonating his handwriting As Patrick is teased by a series of letters, it becomes apparent that his adversary is certainly better-read than him and he is sent off on a tense literary chase, picking up clues from Kafka's The Trial to R L Stevenson and to Joseph Clark, a 17th Century contortionist. Patrick's morale begins to collapse - the police don't believe him and his daughter rejects him. Desperate, he decides he must pursue his pursuer.

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Praise for Night Windows

  • In this sophisticated thriller, [Smith] manages to pull off the difficult trick of maintaining pace without losing richness of character. - DAILY MAIL

  • Could have been the screenplay for a Hitchcock film... should appeal to anyone who has ever been at school'. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - ?Night Windows is a very neat kind of thriller. While the plot compels you to find the identity of the thief, it?s the identity of the victim which be

  • IRISH NEWS - 'A darkly captivating novel...Night Windows is more than a compelling thriller.?

  • OBSERVER - '[A] superior psychological thriller?This whodunnit has a satisfyingly logical payoff.?

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Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is the author of WILFRID AND EILEEN (made into a BBC TV series) and SUMMER IN FEBRUARY (published by Abacus). He also wrote THE HEAD MAN; a series of plays for Radio 4. He is the head of English at Tonbridge School.

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