SECRETS by Burt Hirschfeld


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Arcadia i.e., Peyton Place-- is a small suburb near Westport, Connecticut, where four of its women are raped and battered to death. A fifth one, the wife of a disgruntled man, survives; whereas there are at least two others who surge with uncontrollable urges. Loukas, a detective with a sad personal history--the loss of a daughter and wife--presides over a number of assorted citizens: a Diplomate in Psychiatry who yields to an importunate patient, a sculptor, a blackmailing woman with a slut of a daughter, etc., etc. Besides the rape cum murder, or just rape cum sex, there's a great deal of the ""naked and squirmy"" latter. You wonder whether whoever thought up that metaphor about sex rearing its ugly head meant it to be taken so literally.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Simon & Schuster