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A Fox Inside

David Stacton

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On a cold Northern Californian evening, high on a cliff in the lagoon township of Bolinas, a woman is running, barefoot, toward her open convertible. Behind her in the dark is the forbidding summer house where her reclusive husband now lies dead. She will drive to San Francisco, there to break the news to her domineering mother, since she has nowhere else to go. A scandal is in the offing – and even if it can be averted, a horde of family secrets are about to hauled into light.

First published in 1955, A Fox Inside was David Stacton’s third novel.

‘Mysterious and absorbing… as a mystery story with marked psychological perceptions this one grips and pleases.’ V.S. Pritchett, Bookman

‘The concentration of a Mauriac applied to the fringes of San Francisco.’ Sunday Times

‘A taut well-planned thriller.’ Books and Bookmen


David Stacton (1923-1968) was born Lionel Kingsley Evans in San Francisco. He attended Stanford University before serving in the Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, eventually graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951. Stacton went to Europe after college and ended up staying, in his words, ‘because I liked it and because…

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