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In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief (Blackstone Chronicles #4)

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While researching an historical piece on the Asylum for the town’s newspaper, editor Oliver Metcalf digs through the attic that once belonged to his father, the last superintendent of the facility. There, among the dusty medical records, Oliver discovers a beautifully embroidered linen handkerchief with an ornate “R” in one corner. He decides it will make a lovely present ...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published March 30th 1997 by Fawcett Books (first published 1997)
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Dharia Scarab
Sep 14, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it did not like it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Lana Hart
Sep 21, 2014 Lana Hart rated it it was amazing
Following the twists and turns of the last book, The Handkerchief only serves to wrench our guts once more as we turn each page. Just when you thought the asylum and its caretaker—who also happens to be Oliver's father—couldn't get any worse, you discover just how deep the evil runs through the asylum... and possibly the family. Brilliant writing as always on Saul's part and more than enough tension to keep you squirming on the edge of your seat.
Nov 29, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Oliver Metcalf found an old linen handkerchief with the letter 'R' beautifully embroidered in the corner, while sorting through medical records from the old Asylum in his father's attic. He gave the handkerchief to Rebecca Morrison, a perfect gift, he'd decided, for the woman he loves. As soon as Rebecca received the gift Germaine Wagner snatched it away from her to give to her own mother, Clara Wagner. Clara gets a very bad feeling from the handkerchief, as if she'd seen it before, but where?
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
Of course all these serialized stories are demented, but this one a little more so with the handkerchief and ending. You can't feel that bad for the victim since she was so unappealing. This one flows quicker and as an easier read than some of the others, not sure why, maybe because the side-story doesn't lag much and the new revelations about the main plot are finally arrived fuller in force.
Jan 16, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it

the first couple were better, this one was not as good. Very expectable. I thought the way the old lady would die would be more bloodier and the book scarier. Guess you can't when the book is real small.
Apr 26, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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Another good quick read. While it was hard to except an evil handkerchief, the death scene was particularly gruesome. I liked the cliffhanger with Rebecca, but I long to lend the girl some backbone!
Jul 27, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
i wonder if the ending was what was supposed to have happened in the killers mind or if it did not play out the way he wanted. i believe it did not go the way he wanted.
Aug 04, 2012 Jequil rated it it was amazing
I am mainly happy that Germaine and Clara Wagner were the ones who suffered in this one. Karma at work.
May 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This series just keeps building to a climax can't wait to get to the end of story.
Nov 25, 2013 Deborah rated it liked it
Not my favorite of the six-book series, but good
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
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Blackstone Chronicles (6 books)
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  • Twist of Fate: The Locket (The Blackstone Chronicles, #2)
  • Ashes to Ashes:  The Dragon's Flame (Blackstone Chronicles, #3)
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