By Patrick Warner

ISBN-10: 1550813676

ISBN-13: 9781550813678

A love tale in reverse.

Double Talk tells the tale of Violet Budd and Brian (Baby) strength, characters fleeing from their prior. Brian is ambling after an immigrant's dream, and Violet is wanting to ditch her middle-class origins for whatever extra earthy and bohemian. Their opposite social and geographical flight paths intersect in St. John's, Newfoundland, within the early Nineteen Eighties, the place, for a time, they locate love, intercourse and a secure haven in each one other.

No happy-ever-after tale, double speak follows Violet and Brian over a fourteen-year interval, because the traditional pressures of lifestyles convey to the skin the numerous modifications that exist among them. double speak is a coming-of-age novel, a love tale and an exam of social classification and its mysterious codes.

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His lips tightened. Even after so short an acquaintance, Jason could see that Alexandra Durham was not a child. How old was she? Charles had never mentioned a wife in all the time he had known him, and consequently Jason had assumed he had married after returning to England. --twelve at most, whereas this girl was ob- viously fifteen or sixteen at least. A shorter guardianship than he had expected perhaps, but what a complication! ' the girl was asking now, and Jason forced himself to concentrate on what she was saying.

Durham was an archaeologist, taking a break from a dig he was working on in Mexico. He was holidaying in New Orleans at the time, and his initial encounter with Jason took place in the street outside one of the many bars and taverns. He, Jason, had been rolling drunk at the time, he remembered wryly, and was losing the fight he was hav- ing with the burly bartender when Durham recognised a fellow Englishman and intervened. He had settled the bill, which had been the cause of the fight, and the bartender, recognising the fact that sober Jason would have little difficulty in laying him out, had been more than willing to accept the settlement.

His eyes narrowed. Unless she was some dried- up old spinster, who saw this post as a golden opportunity to ingratiate herself with the master of the household. He grimaced. He was cynical, he admitted it. But years of hard living and fending for himself had taught him never to trust anyone's motives at face value. Only Charles Durham had ever helped him, and now he was dead Jason was deter- mined to do what he could for his son--but not at the cost FALLEN ANGEL 9 of his own freedom. He had had one taste of so-called connubial bliss, and like the use of methadone in drug addiction, it had cured him of the craving.

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