Tender Prey by Patricia Roberts (1983, Hardcover)

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Tender Prey
by Patricia Roberts
Publisher:  Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Copyright 1983
Book Club Edition

A most extraordinary first novel, Tender Prey is the spellbinding story of a psychopath who preys on widows -- especially widows with little girls . . . .

When Mary James answered the lonelyhearts ad in the Police Gazette -- "widower with own business interested in meeting widow with view to matrimony" -- she thought her prayers had been answered.  When the man married her three weeks later, she was sure they had.  Only her daughter Ali suspected that John James was not what he seemed, and she was soon proven right:  James vanished and took Ali's little sister Junie with him.  For months there were no clues, and the police had all but given up.  Then the "gift" arrived on Mary James's doorstep:  a small, handcarved wooden doll, an exact replica of Junie, clothed in a shred of her blue dress and with a full head of her pretty blond hair.  What follows is the chilling story of how Ali helps Detective Jim Hackett solve her sister's bizarre, grisly murder, innocently leading them toward an evil darker than any they had previously imagined.

This intense, haunting thriller is unlike any novel you'll read this year.  It marks the debut of a major new writer hailed as the next P. D. James.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages are tanned and darkening from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age.  Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.


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