Peter Abrahams is one of my favorite writers. I really enjoyed "The Fan" and "End of Story." But - I don't think that "The Tutor" is one of his best efforts.
I lost patience with the story and especially the characters, and didn't stick with it. I may go back and finish it, but I just felt the book was a bit tedious. I think many people who are not familiar with the author's better stuff would rate the book at least OK; thus my three star rating.