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Book Title: Seance on a Wet Afternoon|
Date of issue: July 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780881846157
The author of the book: Mark McShane
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 664 KB
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Read full description of the books Seance on a Wet Afternoon:Patricia Highsmith used to become incensed when critics and scholars would refer to her novels as mysteries. She insisted they were novels of suspense without a trace of mystery. “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” is a novel of suspense. A medium decides to create publicity and drum up much needed business by finding a child she and her milquetoast husband plot and plan to kidnap. Alas, not all goes according to plan. As far as suspense, I’ve never read anything that can touch this. I read this novella length masterpiece at breakneck speed, I could hardly stand the sense of urgency; this is the sort of narrative that could produce palpitations in those feint of heart. Filmed in 1964 with a superb Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough, “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” is deserves to be high on the list of suspense classics.
Read information about the authorMark McShane [b.1930] was an Australian author of satire, suspense novels, and crime fiction. Born in Sydney to a family with Gypsy roots, he traveled the world for the first three decades of his life. In 1960, he settled on the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean, and decided to write fiction.
His first novel, The Straight and the Crooked, appeared that year but it was his third effort, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, for which he is best known. The story of a strange pair of kidnappers it was made into a well regarded film in 1964 and has been adapted as an opera. His most well known characters are the eccentric Detective Sergeant Norman Pink, and Appleton Porter, an unlikely spy whose often comic adventures MShane chronicled under the pseudonym Marc Lovell.
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