Anita Servi novel.
Her husband was the prime – and only – suspect.
Friday night, Anita and Benno Servi were sitting on the front stoop of
building, necking like teenagers. By Monday afternoon, Benno was the
prime suspect in the murder of their babysitter, Ellen Chapman.
had walked the young, black
grad student back
to her new apartment, helped her fix a bookshelf, and then come home.
When she didn’t show up on Monday to pick up the Servi’s adopted
daughter, Clea, Anita went to Ellen’s apartment. That’s when she
found the body, stabbed with a screwdriver that Benno had given her. The
only fingerprints on the tool were his. And so the questions began: Was
he having an affair with the young woman? Why would he kill her? And
why, everyone around her wanted to know, did Anita refuse to accept the
evidence: Benno’s a man; men have affairs. Benno was the last person
known to have been with Ellen. His fingerprints were on the murder
weapon. It was so clear. To make it worse, Anita began to discover some
things on her own, things that didn’t make sense. Answering the
questions about his possible guilt as a murderer were only part of her
problem now; what about his guilt as a husband…?
had to clear Benno’s name, and free herself of the fear that not only
might he have murdered someone but also that she might not know him at
all. Guilty Mind is a brilliant investigatory novel, filled with the
insights and subtleties that made Marcuse’s debut novel, The Death of
an Amiable Child, a critical and popular success.