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Death on the High C's

Death on the High C's by Robert Barnard
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Opera singers are often described as being larger than life, and certainly this is true of Gaylene Ffrench. Her appetites—for men, for food, for attention—are gargantuan, and her ability to irritate is similarly outsized. So when someone electrocutes the bombastic Australian contralto, few tears are shed at the Northern Opera company (though it’s a pity her understudy’s so lousy).

In fact, most of the company members are dancing a jig, and it falls on Superintendent Nichols to determine which of them might have helped Gaylene along to her just reward. The black tenor tired of being the butt of Gaylene’s bigotry? The soprano weary of jealous whispers in her ears? Gaylene’s many bedroom conquests, all anxious to avoid a repeat performance? With so many potential suspects, Nichols has his hands full, but Barnard and his readers have a deliciously malicious good time.

‘The wryest wit and most scathing satire’ Chicago Sun-Times

‘One of the deftest stylist in the field . . . goes about it with a quietly malicious sense of humor’ New York Times Book Review

Pan Macmillan UK; February 2016
200 pages; ISBN 9781743541654
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Title: Death on the High C's
Author: Robert Barnard
 
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