Security: A Novel by Stephen Amidon

By Stephen Amidon

There isn't a lot crime in Stoneleigh, Massachusetts. It's a school city, a mountain getaway for the quietly rich,

where the typical burglar alarm is decided off by means of foraging flora and fauna. So while Edward Inman, the landlord of Stoneleigh Sentinel, will get a latenight fake alarm from the house of Doyle Cutler, one among his wealthiest consumers, Edward thinks not anything of it—not till an area scholar, Mary Steckl, claims that she was once sexually assaulted at Cutler's house.

Edward quickly unearths himself interested in Mary's tale, even if the remainder of town doubts her, together with his spouse, a emerging flesh presser who has made protection the platform of her mayoral crusade. whereas homework from an artistic writing type is leaked as facts of a depressing mystery among Mary and her father, Edward's investigations lead him to his outdated female friend, Kathryn Williams, whose teenage son may perhaps carry the foremost to the reality approximately that night.

From the writer of Human Capital, safety is a well timed, wry, and riveting tale of adults and youngsters, mystery lives and civic

culture, suspicion and sexual hysteria. It confirms Stephen Amidon as a grasp of the artwork and one of many greatest chroniclers of yankee existence this day.

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