Bored and broke, Morris Duckworth, an English teacher in Verona, stumbles on a plan for financial salvation – to marry Massimina, one of his lovelier students.
And if his intentions are frustrated by a suspicious, conservative family, is it any fault of his that the girl chooses to elope?
Obsessed by self-advancement and excitement, Morris’s dreams of blackmail, theft and murder plunge him deep into a chilling nightmare of deception and violence.
Sharp and witty, expertly paced, frequently horrific and often very funny
An unusually classy thriller, true to life and not to be missed
Entertaining black humour
Tim Parks presents the real, virginal, boastful, cracked Morris lurking behind his own justifications as matters turn lethal and ugly. Clever, blandly humorous and utterly immoral