Five Roundabouts to Heaven Author:John Bingham Nineteen years is a long time. But when Peter Harding and Philip Bartels meet up again in the French countryside of their youth, the history and the dark secrets it holds are still there, tempered only slightly by time. — The two men share more than a past friendship. Decades earlier, trapped in a disenchanted marriage with his wife, Beatrice, Ph... more »ilip meets and falls in love with the graceful, charming Lorna Dickson. Overcome by the prospect of a humiliating divorce, Philip makes the decision to poison Beatrice. But when he invites his best friend, Peter, to meet his mistress at lunch one day, he unwittingly sets off a shocking chain of events that will forever change the lives of everyone involved.
Now available for the first time in over twenty years, Five Roundabouts to Heaven is one of master writer and storyteller John Bingham's greatest works. With a chilling, expertly calibrated plot and mesmerizing prose, it is the powerful study of how murder can so easily enter the minds of ordinary people.« less
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Summary: Peter Harding and Philip Bartels meet up again in the French countryside of their youth a place that still holds the history and the dark secrets they share, tempered only slightly by time the place where Philip feeling trapped in a marriage hes no longer happy with, falls in love with the graceful/charming Lorna & decides to poison his wife Beatrice to avoid a humiliating divorce & spare her a lonely life invites Peter to come to lunch to meet Lorna& unwittingly sets off a shocking chain of events that will change all of their lives forever (as Peter comes to plan to steal Lorna).
Review: I agree that Bingham brilliantly captures the mindset of the 2 men - Philip's cold-hearted plans vs Peter's sincerity (with Bookgasm), that this tale is timeless (with Reviewing the Evidence) and that its dark humor and invigorating (& a bit shocking) plot earned its place on Keating's List of 100 Best Books.