The Lake of Darkness
A stand-alone novel published by Hutchinson in 1980
Frateretto calls me; and tells me
Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness.
Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend …
(King Lear, Act 3 Scene 6)
Martin Urban is a quiet bachelor with a comfortable life, free of worry and distractions. When he unexpectedly comes into a small fortune, he decides to use his newfound wealth to help those in need. Finn also leads a quiet life and has come into a little money of his own.
Ordinarily, their paths would never have crossed. But Martin’s ideas about who should benefit from his charitable impulses yield some unexpected results, and suddenly the good intentions of the one become fatally entangled with the mercenary nature of the other.
Winner of the Arts Council National Book Award for Genre Fiction.
Adapted for TV by Peter J. Hammond in 1999.
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