Peter Lovesey's classic crime thriller, set in the immediate post-war years.Was a major TV drama.
Rose and Antonia had a good war. As WAAF plotters, they had all the excitement and independence of a difficult and dangerous job, and all the fun of being two women on an RAF base.
Peacetime is a disappointment. There is rationing, shortages, and nothing to do. Rosie's war-hero husband has turned into a brutal lout: Antonia, bored with her rich manufacturer, wants to move to America with her lover. Neither can afford a divorce. But what are plotters for, if not to plot And Antonia's ruthless scheme would give them both what they want.
If Rose doesn't lose her nerve, they could get away with murder . . .
Previously titled On the Edge
Lovesey is one of the very best of the current generation of crime writers and he controls his plot like clockwork - everything timed to precision so that the final uncertainty is resolved just as the bell tolls - Evening Standard
Brilliant is the only word for veteran Peter Lovesey's latest venture into the macabre ... A whip-crack pace, gasps all the way, and yet another winner for Lovesey - Scotland on Sunday
Never has Lovesey's wizardry been so effective as in this tale of the duped and the duper . . . The story dodges from one unguessable outcome to the next - Publishers Weekly
Irrepressible joie de mort - New York Times Book Review
Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.
He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.