(From the publisher):
The quiet market town of Mickleburgh knows very little serious crime, and local solicitor Oliver Foxton's days are occupied with wills, conveyancing, and the occasional drunk and disorderly. The outlying villages of Winbury, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and Deerton, home of their friends the Stewarts, seem like rural havens.
So when four local schoolboys go on the rampage in Deerton and commit an astonishing needless act of violence, the lives of the Foxtons and the Stewarts are shattered. Attempting to come to terms with what has happened to his friends, Oliver immerses himself in the renovation of an old dolls' house belonging to his friend Prudence Wilmot, a local author, but finds that the doll inhabitants increasingly become a symbol of his own troubled marriage and the tensions the tragedy has sparked within it.
Meanwhile, the schoolboys who merely witnessed the violence come under pressure from their parents to name the guilty party, and they must wrestle with both their misguided loyalty and fear of reprisals, as gradually the police build their case. And all the time another hidden menace lurks in the background, as a released murderer, living nearby, is enthralled by the crime - and practising as a counsellor, stands poised to offer help...
Original title: Act of Violence
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense