THE HABIT OF WIDOWHOOD by Robert Barnard

THE HABIT OF WIDOWHOOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Though the 17 stories collected here range from the disastrous effects of arranged marriage (``Cupid's Dart'') to a dog's-eyeview of homicide (``Dog Television''), no one but Barnard (The Bad Samaritan, 1995, etc.) could have written any of them: The tone of ironic, amused malice is unmistakable. Given the author's formulaic handling of murder--which arises almost invariably from thwarted passions chastened by a tone of high civility--the resourcefulness of Barnard's plotting is impressive, whether he's reuniting a boarding-school bully with his former butt (``The Stuff of Nightmares'') or suavely updating Charlotte Brontâ (``Reader, I Strangled Him''). Only the quietly acidulous ``Gentleman in the Lake'' and the farcical ``Balmorality'' are true standouts, but fans will devour the whole collection in a single guilty gulp.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-684-82648-8
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1996




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