Graham Marshall is a man on the edge. At the age of forty-one, he awakens one day with the realization that he hates everything about his life. He hates his irritating and suspicious wife Merrily, he hates their children and her mother, he hates his house, he hates his financial situation, and he hates the fact that the job he has worked for for twenty years is being given to a yuppie named Benham.
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On the night that he is informed of Benham's promotion, Graham encounters a beggar on a lonely foot-bridge. The beggar's mistake of adressing Graham as a success causes him to snap. Graham kills the old man with his umbrella and dumps him in the river.
Returning home, Graham slowly comes to the realization that he has gotten away with murder, and that he could do so again if he wants to. Painstakingly, Graham plots his wife's demise, finally killing her in an electrical "accident" while he is away in Brussels.
With his wife's death, Graham's life begins improving. He turns his children over to their aunt, sells his home, and begins dating Benham's secretary. But Graham is not happy. He wants the job that Benham is set to receive, and he now has a few skills that his rival is unaware of.
As the body-count grows and Graham sinks deeper and deeper into megalomania and sociopathy, a policeman begins snooping around. Has Graham committed the perfect crime? Or has he forgotten one crucial detail?
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver