A Coat of Varnish - C. P. SnowMacmillan, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly sunned at the spine. Last 4 pages uncut at the bottom edge. A nice copy overall.
When Lady Ashbrook learns that she has not got cancer, her friends and neighbours in Aylstone Square, Belgravia, decide to celebrate. Although she is arrogant and not very loveable, her survival is important to them and their modest upper-middle-class way of life; something to be cherished. Her brutal murder shortly afterwards is an insult, a threat and a shock to all those unspoken values and standards to which the inhabitants of the Square tacitly subscribe.