Fear of Night and Darkness - Frank KippaxHarperCollins, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tannned, heavier so at the top edge. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “One dark night in an isolated house in the heart of rural England, four people are brutally murdered — an attack involving rape, mutilation and the utmost bestiality. Local reporter Janis Sanderson is convinced that Ronnie Keegan, the recently sacked odd-job man, is behind the atrocity. But the police, who resent the intrusion of the sensationalist press, have other ideas. They suspect a band of trouble-making travellers and are happy to dismiss her theory as soon as Keegan is found to have an apparently rock-solid alibi: he is in prison. Unwilling to drop the potentially explosive story, Janis presses on with her own investigation. Faced with police hostility, she draws on the support of some friends in high places: Professor Hilary Swale, a celebrated TV psychiatrist, and Donald Crabbe, an MP and publishing tycoon, who is prepared to champion her cause at the highest levels — in exchange for the exclusive rights to the story of the House of Horror murders. As the search for the truth seems to be abandoned in the growing feud between the police and the media, Janis follows a winding trail — to Strangeways, where she becomes dangerously fascinated by Keegan’s manipulative mind; and to the homes of his lowlife associates, where she is forced to suffer for herself some of the horrors of life on the lowest rung. It is an experience that could leave her own life in ruins…”