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Author:  Stephen Amidon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312429312
ISBN-13: 9780312429317
Sku: 211579114
Publish Date: 2/2/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  276
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Part thriller, part social satire, the story of a crime that lies hidden behind all the trappings of suburban security.

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There isn't much crime in Stoneleigh, Massachusetts. It’s a college town, a mountain getaway for the quietly rich,
where the average burglar alarm is set off by foraging wildlife. So when Edward Inman, the owner of Stoneleigh Sentinel, gets a latenight false alarm from the home of Doyle Cutler, one of his wealthiest clients, Edward thinks nothing of it—not until a local student, Mary Steckl, claims that she was sexually assaulted at Cutler’s house.
Edward soon finds himself drawn to Mary’s story, even though the rest of the town doubts her, including his wife, a rising politician who has made security the platform of her mayoral campaign. While homework from a creative writing class is leaked as evidence of a dark secret between Mary and her father, Edward’s investigations lead him to his old girlfriend, Kathryn Williams, whose teenage son may hold the key to the truth about that night.
From the author of Human Capital, Security is a timely, wry, and riveting story of adults and children, secret lives and civic
culture, suspicion and sexual hysteria. It confirms Stephen Amidon as a master of the art and one of the foremost chroniclers of American life today.
The peace and serenity of a quaint college town is steadily shredded after a student accuses a prominent citizen of a sexual assault. As Edward Inman, head of the local security company, investigates the incident, he uncovers a slew of deceitful secrets which threaten to rend the specious moral bindings of the community.


"[T]he novel succeeds as an entertainment. It's well-paced and always engaging...Thematically, like any good satire, it presents a cautionary tale and dares us to find ourselves in it, and because Amidon is such a fine writer, we do." - Stewart O'Nan 02/08/2009

"Amidon pulls together...many strands to create an involving tale. His detailing of contemporary suburbia will lull readers into thinking these are people and places they know and are comfortable with. His sympathetic characters help the story unfold from different points of view. Various riffs on parent-child relations ring with poignant truth. Plot twists incrementally reveal psychological insights and guilty pleasures, while leading to astute cultural commentary." - Barbara Lloyd McMichael 02/26/2009

"SECURITY is well written, and there are funny jabs at the oppressive, claustrophobic aspects of small-town living. His characters seem like 'good' people who are complicated and interesting." - Carmela Ciuraru 03/14/2009

"[T]here is much to be admired in the construction of the novel....[Amidon] handles a large cast of characters deftly....[and his} writing is consistently engaging, moving between the different strands of the story easily." - Joshua Billings 04/17/2009

"Amidon's sly and satiric sixth novel....[is like] PEYTON PLACE in the age of terror and Twitter." - Joseph Salvatore 05/31/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0276
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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