by Ed McBain
Goldilocks: 'the other woman,' the intruder, the one who
comes like a thief in the night, testing the chairs and
the porridge and the beds. Sometimes she destroys a
marriage. Sometimes she destroys much more.
In a stunning departure from his famous 87th Precinct, Ed
McBain tells a powerful story of psychological warfare and
human passion, of what happens to a marriage -- and a
family -- when the fault lines crack open and erupt. At the
novel's core is a chilling, ingenious narrative of murder
and detection, but in its layers of detail and character, its
brilliant exploration of moral ambiguity, of what it means
to be 'the other woman,' as well as 'the other man,' it
becomes much more: a major novel of contemporary life by a
master of his craft.
Goldilocks is surprising, disturbing, enormously affecting --
a story of husband, wife, parent, child, lover, with a
resonance to our lives matched by few novels of its day.
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