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A Shock to the System
A Shock to the System
Author: Simon Brett
ISBN-13: 9780440182009
ISBN-10: 044018200X
Publication Date: 12/1/1986
Pages: 255
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Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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Graham Marshall is a plodder who has worked his way up the ladder in the place where he works, to be assistant head of his department. Life with his shallow wife, who is becoming more like her ex-celebrity, whining mother, and his two teenaged children with whom he has never bonded, seems to be all that he may expect for the future until that horrifying day that he finds himself passed over at work, in a shake-up of employees. He has overpent on a large, old house in the expectation of a better salary as department head, so that when the job fails to materialise, his pleas that his wife curbs her spending, are totally ignored and drives Graham to a state of pure hatred for her. He now realises that he would be in a much better position financially if he could think of a believable way to kill her and to collect her large insurance policy. He works out an ingenious plan and likes the feeling of power so much that he goes on to plot another murder.