All Around the Town Author:Marry Higgins Clark Laurie Kenyon a twenty -one year old college senior is acused of murdering her English professor, Allen Crant, when he is found stabbed to death.her fingerprints are everywhere- on the door,on the curtains,on the knif.arraigned on a murder charge, a shocked and bewildered Laurie has no memory of the crime. Traumatized by abuse she suffered after... more » she was kidnapped at the age of four and held for two years, she has developed multiple personalities.Laurie, the host personality does not know that others co exist with her, nor is she aware that one of her alternates, Leona has been writing AllenGrant crazed love letters and secretly entering his home.
Bic Hawkins, Laurie's abductor,an unsavory drifter,had been scratching out a living singing in traverns and acting as a fundemantalist preacher. Now he has become a celebrated telebvision evangelist, who has achieved fame for his talent to mesmerize people. Before releasing her,Bic had threaten six-year old Laurie with death if she ever talked about what he had done to her and , terrified , she has erased the experience from her mind.Attorney Sarah Kenyon has quit her job as an assistant prosecuter to defend her younger sister. Sarah brings in a psychiatrist Dr.Justin Donnelly a specialist in the treatment of multible personalities, to save her sister by unlocking the unbearable memories of her lost years that she has been supperessing.Bic's absession with Laurie has never diminshed. Now it is revaled by his fear of exposure. He is compelled both to be close to her and to eliminate her forever.« less