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Fear By Instalments

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Enchanting. Intoxicating. Charming... but cold.

Ingrid Lee is enticing, yet distant and Mike Merriman is powerless to resist her.

Touring around the country with Ingrid and her mystical voice is it really any surprise that the successful bandleader falls for his latest muse?

Mike's wife certainly doesn't seem surprised.

A new, younger model. How original.

But that doesn't stop it from hurting...

When Liza disappears, Mike is slightly relieved with the prospect of not having to deal with the ice cold stares of blame and hurt, maybe a divorce can be negotiated, quickly and painlessly?

But things soon turn sinister as Ingrid becomes the victim of vicious threats.

Could it possibly be Liza, consumed by desire for vengeance?

Or is the aloof Ingrid harbouring something dark beneath her icy composure?

At home or on stage, it soon becomes clear that Ingrid is not safe from a crazy persecution that threatens to finish in murder as Mike strives to put an end to the fear that builds up so remorselessly.

Fear by Instalments is a chilling thriller that really explores the subtleties of human nature.

Praise for John Burke

"Murder, conspiracy,'s got everything!" - Thomas Waugh

John Burke was born in Rye, Sussex, in 1922 and worked in the publishing industry before becoming an author of novels and short stories. He is best known as the author of the novelisation of the popular musical "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," but he also wrote the novelisations of dozens of other stage plays, film and TV scripts.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : USA Paperback

Title: Fear by Instalments
Author(s): John Burke
ISBN: 1-5211-2597-X / 978-1-5211-2597-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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March 2012 : UK Paperback

Title: Fear By Instalments (Linford Mystery Library)
Author(s): John Burke
ISBN: 1-4448-1040-5 / 978-1-4448-1040-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Fear by Instalments
Author(s): John Burke
Publisher: Lume Books
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