Duckworth and the Italian Girls

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Cara Massimina Publisher's Summary

Morris Duckworth teaches English to the pampered rich of Verona, and Morris is not pleased. Living a meager existence in a squalid apartment, he regards his privileged students with envy and disdain, first wreaking revenge by petty theft and then, like all good criminals, graduating to grander larceny. When one of those students, a beautiful but vapid heiress named Massimina, falls in love with him, Morris can almost smell upward mobility.

However, after the girl's mother - much to his chagrin - unequivocally forbids her from seeing him, he hits upon a perfect scheme: He convinces the besotted girl to run off with him, then sends ransom notes to her family. Following a frightening logic, Morris' subversions become deeper and darker. Soon events are spiraling with eerie momentum into a nightmare of deception and violence.

The first novel in what has become the Duckworth in Verona trilogy, Cara Massimina is a comic thriller that will leave listeners laughing out loud in mortified delight.

©2015 Tim Parks (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Cara Massimina

    • A Novel
    • By: Tim Parks
    • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Morris Duckworth teaches English to the pampered rich of Verona, and Morris is not pleased. Living a meager existence in a squalid apartment, he regards his privileged students with envy and disdain, first wreaking revenge by petty theft and then, like all good criminals, graduating to grander larceny. When one of those students, a beautiful but vapid heiress named Massimina, falls in love with him, Morris can almost smell upward mobility.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Mimi's Ghost

    • A Novel
    • By: Tim Parks
    • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Morris Duckworth can't get over Massimina, or Mimi, as he likes to refer to her. But then, he should have thought of that before he kidnapped and killed her. Only now, living in Verona and married to Mimi's sister, does he appreciate how much he misses her and how blindly he has stumbled into a trap of fate. Struggling to adjust to his good fortune, with a lavish house and cushy job, our unsavory hero finds that his new success is rife with tribulation: not least his pushy bride's staggering sexual appetite.

    Regular price: $24.95