The Stalking of Louise Copperfield by Robert W Fisk
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB |656 Kb
The Stalking : The two central characters, Louise Copperfield and Charlotte Hoar, are connected by the same man, their high school teacher David Bannister. As adults, they react in different ways to their experience; one with emotional difficulties for which she blames herself and the other with feelings of worthlessness.
Louise’s husband Frank wagers Stuart Larcombe cannot seduce Louise at a company party, while Charlotte seeks vengeance for imagined injustices. Louise’s husband, Frank, is lured into fraudulent practices that could see him in prison if Louise tells the authorities. Then Louise and Frank separate and Louise is in danger.Stuart Larcombe has a history that he does not want exposed.
When Louise threatens both Larcombe and Bannister with exposure for their sexual abuse,she becomes becomes a target for murder.
“She won’t come, Stuart,” Frank had said. She doesn’t like this sort of thing.”
“I think she should be with you, Frank. I really want her to come,” Stuart had replied, leering meaningfully as he said the word ‘come’, a look not noticed by Frank. “How about I ask her myself? Will that help?”
Frank knew it would have the opposite effect; if Larcombe asked her to go Louise would run a mile. She was a very uptight lady
“Why the heavy trip?” he asked.
“Because I’ve got a wager to win,” Larcombe replied with another leer.
Frank was alarmed. Stuart had taken the drunken wager seriously. This was Frank’s chance to pull out. But Louise was never going to fall for Larcombe. She was man-shy, saw menace in every approach by a male. And to pull out of a bet meant social exclusion in the circles in which he moved.
“I’ll ask her,” he said. “Better coming from me.”
Frank thought back to a month ago and the drunken bet he had made when Frank was feeling frustrated and bitter. They had been at the pub, drinking together in a corner. It had been a stupid bet where his business partner Stuart Larcombe had exploited Frank’s sense of frustration and his state of near inebriation.
“Had a great one last night,” said Larcombe. “Just a young kid really but boy did she know how.”