The Skeleton in the Grass Author:Robert Barnard The world at large may be sliding into the abyss of disaster, but life at Hallam, country seat of the glamorous and renowned Hallam family, still represents the ultimate in British civilization. Teatime, with its cucumber sandwiches and cream cakes, continues as it has for a hundred years. — It's not that the Hallam family ignores the world o... more »utside its gracious doors. On the contrary, Helen and Dennis Hallam care passionately about peace and principle, and Dennis dramatically conveys this views to the nation in his controversial weekly review column.
Avowed pacifists, Helen and Dennis represent a political stance that the villagers mistrust and fer. That fear and suspicion turn to nasty pranks when a sinister fascist major gains control over some of the local youths. Helen and Dennis, and their sons Oliver and Will, become the victims of cruel taunts and the kind of teasing that leads to terror.
As the Hallams and villagers grow more hostile, we see the story through the eyes of Sarah Causeley, an idealistic young woman who has recently come to be nursery governess at Hallam. To Sarah, the Hallams represent beauty, brilliance, and style -- an idyllic life in the midst of chaos.
But as she watches, the Hallam's world begins to disintegrate, and a tense and unexpected encounter leads to a shocking murder.« less