Perfect Murders

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Booktango, Oct 19, 2012 - Fiction
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Teacher Jane married Head master John Crocker in order to have a family. When she realizes she married a boring sterile man she seeks her form of justice and retribution by having affairs with fellow science teacher Paul Belmont, whose wife Meredith is a few months pregnant, and his best friend, prosecutor lawyer Vincent Myles. The men see it as a bit of a lark, Jane sees it as her only way to get a baby she desperately wants. The affair spins out of control, threatening the men's marriages and careers. When Jane blithely informs Paul she is pregnant he finally realizes what her game had been all along. He feels used and abused and threatened and when an unexpected opportunity to kill her with impunity crops up he acts on it without thinking of the morality or consequences. Johnny, a nerdy student, who constructed the fatal Leyden jar that killed Jane is sent to an institution but local gossip ties Paul and Vincent in with Jane and reckon the lad was treated unjustly. Paul thinks only he and Vincent knew Jane was pregnant, but his wife also knew and kept it a secret believing John Crocker to be the father. When Meredith is told John was sterile she realizes her husband murdered Jane. She confronts Paul but decides to stay with him for their two children's sake. Johnny sees a photo of Vincent and recognizes him as the man smooching with Jane an hour or so before she got killed and realizes he'd been set up . He stirs up trouble by sending Paul, Vincent and Det. Symonds an identical bin to the one used as the Leyden jar that killed Jane. With it he sends a collage of heavily pregnant Jane holding hands with Paul and Vincent, all blessed by the judge who arranged his incarceration. The wives take delivery of the bins, understand the awful meaning and mayhem results. Vincent has a fatal accident trying to evade justice whilst Paul's intended apology to Johnny is misconstrued and Johnny accidentally kills him but is able to cover it as suicide.

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