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False pretences
Yorke, Margaret.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.

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310 pages ; 22 cm
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When a stranger is welcomed into a small British country town, she brings many of the community's long-buried secrets to the surface. But when a young girl is kidnapped, questions about the true identity of the stranger emerge.

Author Notes

Margaret Yorke was born Margaret Beda Larminie Nicholson in Surrey, but lived in Dublin until 1937, before moving back to England. During the war, she served in the Woman's Royal Naval Service as a driver. She then worked in the libraries of two Oxford colleges, and was the first woman ever to work in Christ Church library. She campaigned for Public Lending Rights for authors in Britain, and was also chairman of the Crime Writers' Association between 1979 and 1980.

Her first novel, Summer Flight, was published in 1957. She then turned to the subject of crime with Dead in the Morning, published in 1970. With No Medals for the Major published in 1974, she began writing novels of suspense, which include The Point of Murder, Serious Intent and Act of Violence.

In 1982, she won the Swedish Academy Detection award for the best translated novel, The Scent of Fear. Her books are published in 16 countries. In 1993, she won the Golden Handcuffs award, which is given in recognition of the popularity of the country's leading crime writer within the library service and to its borrowers.

Margaret Yorke died November 17, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

More psychological suspense from a well-known Britisher (Act of Violence, LJ 7/98), this effort follows the local secrets exposed by a stranger and the aftermath when her true identity is discovered. Captivating and full-bodied. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.