A NOVEL by Ed McBain
PUBLICATION Holt Rinehart Winston
Jacketed Hard Cover ISBN - 0030621984 [£10]
Matthew Hope is a divorce lawyer in the town of Calusa, Florida, where the Gulf waters are warm and the women on the beach topless. One such woman, Michelle Benois Harpera striking beauty with cascading black hairenters Matthews office revealing swollen eyes and a bruised and battered body. After making a statement with the cops saying her husband did it, her body is found on the beach, burned beyond recognition.
George N. Harper is a hulking man with pockmarks, flaring nostrils, and rheumy eyesthe ugliest accused man Matthew has ever seen. But somethings not quite right about the caseHarper loved his wife. Yet the cops and lawyers are ready to hang the man who could extinguish such a beautiful woman, and its up to Matthew to prove his innocence.
An instant classic in the Matthew Hope series from Ed McBain, Beauty and the Beast pairs the good-hearted lawyer with a client who tests his prejudices and proves beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is in the bones.