Matthew Hope is
a divorce lawyer in the town of Calusa, Florida, where the Gulf waters are warm
and the women on the beach topless. One such woman, Michelle Benois Harper—a
striking beauty with cascading black hair—enters Matthew’s office revealing
swollen eyes and a bruised and battered body. After making a statement with the
cops saying her husband did it, her body is found on the beach, burned beyond
George N. Harper
is a hulking man with pockmarks, flaring nostrils, and rheumy eyes—the ugliest
accused man Matthew has ever seen. But something’s not quite right about the
case—Harper loved his wife. Yet the cops and lawyers are ready to hang the man
who could extinguish such a beautiful woman, and it’s up to Matthew to prove
An instant classic in the Matthew Hope series
from Ed McBain, Beauty and the Beast pairs the good-hearted lawyer with
a client who tests his prejudices and proves beauty may be skin deep, but ugly
is in the bones.
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