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The Household Traitors
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The Household Traitors

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Author: John Blackburn
Publisher: Valancourt Books, 2013
Jonathan Cape, 1971
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Horror
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'Come back Paddy Reilly to me' - the words of an old Irish ballad provide a sinister theme for John Blackburn's novel, The Household Traitors (1971).

No one has seen or heard from Patricia Reilly in more than thirty years, so why are a ruthless industrial tycoon, a Soviet defector, and a deranged serial killer all so anxious to find her? The trail of mystery leads from a town terrorized by murder to a remote railway station in North Wales, where the action reaches a climax aboard a runaway steam train. Along the way, a hijacked aircraft, a corpse in a safe, and a number of strangled women with something strange in common provide some of the clues, but the final secret is reserved for the last pages of this ingenious thriller.


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