Beauty and the Beast

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ed McBain

Narrated By: Luke Daniels

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: October 2012

Duration: 7 hours 8 minutes


Matthew Hope is a divorce lawyer in the town of Calusa, Florida, where the Gulf waters are warm and the women on the beach topless. One such woman, Michelle Benois Harper - a striking beauty with cascading black hair - enters Matthew's office revealing swollen eyes and a bruised and battered body. After making a statement with the cops saying her husband did it, her body is found on the beach, burned beyond recognition. George N. Harper is a hulking man with pockmarks, flaring nostrils, and rheumy eyes - the ugliest accused man Matthew has ever seen. But something's not quite right about the case - Harper loved his wife. Yet the cops and lawyers are ready to hang the man who could extinguish such a beautiful woman, and it's up to Matthew to prove his innocence. An instant classic in the Matthew Hope series from Ed McBain, Beauty and the Beast pairs the good-hearted lawyer with a client who tests his prejudices and proves beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is in the bones.