Aiding & Abetting

Aiding & Abetting

Book - 2001
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Muriel Spark, one of Britain's greatest living novelists, returns to the literary stage with her most wickedly amusing and subversive novel in years, a savagely witty tale of murder and escape based on the notorious real-life case of Lord Lucan. A dissolute member of the British aristocracy, "Lucky" Lucan has been missing since he accidentally murdered his children's nanny in an abortive attempt on his wife's life. His puzzling disappearance in the mid-seventies created a sensation in Britain and a tantalizing mystery as yet unsolved. In Muriel Spark's daring and sophisticated fictional version of Lucan's flight, his adversary is Beate Pappenheim, a fake Bavarian stigmatic who embezzled millions from devout followers before assuming a new identity as a celebrated psychiatrist. These two inhabitants of the farther shores of morality collide memorably in Spark's brilliant new novel, where "aiding and abetting" Lord Lucan's well-padded fugitive life is the name of the beastly upper-class game, and a duel of wits plays out with potentially mortal consequences. The artful murderer meets the master con-woman, but who will emerge victorious? In part a rumination on the nature of evil, in part a damning indictment of upper-class mores,Aiding and Abettingis a dark and dazzling entertainment from a writer whose clear-eyed judgments never intrude upon her narrative legerdemain. Here is proof beyond doubt that Muriel Spark retains her crown as the most distinguished and entertaining moral satirist of her day.
Published: New York : Doubleday, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385501538
Branch Call Number: F SPA
Characteristics: viii, 166 p. ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Aiding and abetting


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Mar 25, 2018

Though I wanted to know who (Lucky or Walker) won (survived), and anticipated all were from fraud Dr. Wolf’s head hypnotized by Dr. Jacobs, and even suspected Jean-Pierre... I couldn’t care more. The book is short, so is her reader attention span, aided by a boring case, abetted by psychiatrist’s pseudo mystery.

rughetta13 Jul 03, 2012

Spare, elegant, witty and chilling as only Muriel Spark can be.


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