This is a biography of the poet Caroline Norton (1808-77), who was charged with 'criminal conversation' (adultery) with the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, and whose fight to keep her children changed the lot of mothers forever.
Psychiatrist Ted Smith has a problem. And it just keeps getting more complicated and crazy: He has met up again with his ex-wife, Alexandra, while his current wife, Georgina, is dying. Georgina insists Ted must have a plan for his life after she is gone. So she keeps encouraging him to quit hovering over her, get out of the house, take some classes and meet some new people.
Westminster, London, 22 June 1836. It is a fine, fresh morning that will become hot as the day progresses. Crowds are gathering at the Court of Common Pleas. On trial is Caroline Sheridan, a beautiful and clever young woman who had been manoeuvred into marrying the Honourable George Norton when she was just nineteen. Ten years older, he is a dull, violent and controlling lawyer but Caroline is determined not to be a traditional wife.
Van der Valk is on the case again as a mysterious letter is unearthed alluding to the murder of a man named Cabestan. In the letter, the murderer is named but van der Valk must find out first who this mysterious letter-writer is. What transpires is a tale of deception and adultery as the rich Carl Merckel, the managing director of the Lutz Brothers merchant bank, lays an accusation of cold blooded homicide of which, he claims, his wife had no part to play.
Criminal Conversations Described as 'A unique observer of human behaviour'(The Observer), Tony Parker has been the outstanding interviewer of criminals since the 2nd World War. In this anthology of 30 years of his work he speaks with all kinds of offenders. Full description