Total Eclipse - Liz RigbeyOrion, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Two small dings to the upper board and panel. Top edge of the dust wrapper a little ruffled, lightly spotted on the reverse but externally bright. Occasional light spotting to the top edge of the text block. Text bright and tight. A nice copy overall.
From the cover: “Julia came up to the observatory in the Northern California mountains that summer to escape the emptiness she felt after the violent deaths of her husband Lewis and stepdaughter Gail.
When she is charged with their murder, the circumstantial evidence against her is so damning that her attorney advises her to plead guilty. But Julia says she is innocent. Lomax knows she is. So he sets out to prove it.
As an astronomer, Lomax has few equals when it comes to the analysis of complex scientific data. And he knows from gazing at the stars that the answers to the present lie in unravelling the mysteries of the past.
Armed with a snapshot taken at Julia’s wedding he goes in search of the truth about her perfect family. The truth about Lewis, the wealthy lawyer in his sixties who has a taste for girls young enough to be his daughter. About Vicky, the alcoholic first wife who nurses her hatred with as much enthusiasm as she does her bourbon. About Richard, the son trapped in a web of duplicity he cannot bear to confront.
As he peels back the layers of deceit Lomax uncovers a picture that is very far from perfect. A picture of a broken family, driven by guilt, incest and obsessive jealously, ready to explode into violence at any moment. At its centre lies Gail, the plain, insecure stepdaughter whom nobody can remember, and Julia, whose beauty only serves to mask her loneliness.
But it is only when Julia’s trail is almost over that Lomax stumbles across the darkest secret of all…”