Nights in White Satin
Random House, Inc.
"Powerful emotional intensity . . . The book hits you where you live," raved the Washington Post Book World about Michelle Spring's Standing in the Shadows. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as "[a] suspenseful thriller . . . truly startling." Now Michelle Spring returns with a psychologically astute novel that unfolds against the stately backdrop of Cambridge, England.
But behind this refined university setting lies something truly sinister.
For private investigator Laura Principal, the case begins unexpectedly at the annual May Ball, a jubilant celebration marking the end of examinations, an avalanche of food and fountains of champagne. Laura is hired to provide security, but somewhere between the dancing and the fireworks, a student disappears.
Katie Arkwright wore white. Sleek, elegant, in silver armlets, she was a vision of purity. But when Laura starts probing into the missing woman's life, she finds that Katie concealed a dark side. With this jarring revelation, Laura opens a floodgate of damning secrets and double lives--encompassing a college don's mysterious death and the discovery of the skeletal remains of a baby.
The deeper Laura searches into a tangled past, the more tension mounts in every corner of Cambridge--where someone waits, coiled to strike. And strike again.
Enigmatic characters, shameful acts. Hidden motives as passionate as they are malignant. A conspiracy of silence that shields an unspeakable truth. In Nights in White Satin, Michelle Spring penetrates the complex impulses that can seize desperate souls--and once again creates an incisive novel of psychological suspense.
Baker & Taylor
As a killer dogs her heels, private investigator Laura Principal discovers the link between the disappearance of a young woman at a university celebration and the death of a professor
Blackwell North Amer
It's May week in Cambridge, a time of wild excess following the end of exams. Dressed to the nines, the students of St. John's College are anticipating an all-night party. But for Laura Principal, the private investigator with the unenviable task of keeping gate-crashers out and revellers safe, the May Ball turns sour when Katie Arkwright disappears.
In her white satin dress and with her halo of blonde curls, Katie looked angelic. But Laura discovers that her past, which included a spell with a shady escort agency to subsidise her studies, has been anything but. The game has turned nasty. And unless she can get to her in time, Katie may have no future at all.
Laura's investigation focuses on Bartholomew's college, Cambridge, where the present is tainted by dark echoes of the past. And when a senior tutor is found battered to death, it becomes only too clear how sinister are the secrets concealed behind Cambridge's cool facades.
Meanwhile Laura's friend and colleague Stevie is in love, and her partner Sonny is behaving strangely out of character. As her search turns from difficult to dangerous, it dawns on Laura that even if she finds Katie Arkwright and brings her home, what awaits them both in Cambridge may be nastier still.
As a killer dogs her heels, private investigator Laura Principal discovers the link between the disappearance of a young woman at a university celebration and the death of a professor. By the author of Standing in the Shadows.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1999
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276 p. ;,25 cm