Author: Barthel (Joan)
Year: 1976
Publisher: E P Dutton (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
ISBN: 0525089403
Price: 6.00
Hardback. Intro' by William Styron. Did Peter Reilly murder his mother? A classic case of good and evil in a small New England town. Her name was Barbara Gibbons, yet for some reason her son's name was different - Peter Reilly. She was the most bizarre citizen of the little Connecticut town of Canaan. An intelligent, once pretty woman with a robust sense of humour, she was down on her luck. She drank too much, scrapped with neighbours, and brought lovers to her small, drab house. When Barbara was found murdered, the police thought Peter did it. Playing on his craving for a father, they led him into a confession. Peter would have to stand trial for the murder of his mother. But then a remarkable thing happened. Townspeople who normally sided with the police reacted in outrage against the forced confession and came to the aid of the homeless boy. On one level an exciting murder story - suspenseful and melodramatic, involving a straight razor, a broken knife and last-minute revelations - this is also the story of a small town and its ways, and its tangle of loyalties. 328pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Browned edges o/w Vg+ in Vg+ pcdw.


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