Duet of Death: Composition for Four Hands & Duet of Death - Hilda Lawrence (Hildegarde Kronmiller)London: Chapman & Hall, 1949, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Contains: Top edge dyed Green;
From the cover: “Composition for Four Hands. This is the first of the two stories included in this volume.
In it Hilda Lawrence presents a unique situation. The woman in peril is a helpless, paralyzed invalid. She is well cared for, surrounded by her loving family, all seemingly eager for her recovery.
Yet she knows that one of them wants to kill her. In fact, must kill her. She is locked behind her own sealed lips and helpless limbs.
The story of how she saves herself is an extraordinary tour de force of subtle terror.
The House. The House was the house she had been born in. When she was very young she had been sent away from it to school. She never knew why. She came back when she was grown up. And a very few days after that homecoming her father ran his car over a cliff. She didn’t know why.
All she knew was that the house seemed to have some message for her, something that would explain her lonely childhood, her father’s terrible death, and the awful fear that haunted her all the time.
She was brave enough to challenge the House and she found the startling answer.”