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The Light of Day by Graham Swift
In The Light of Day, George Webb is a shell of a man, a disgraced ex-police officer whose wife left him, and he makes his living as a private investigator spying on philandering spouses. Sarah Nash and her husband, Robert, have taken in a Croatian woman, Lazi, who is a refugee from the war in the Balkans. Robert has fallen in love with the woman and Sarah commands that Lazi leave now that the war is over. Sarah hires George Webb to spy on the woman's departure. Geroge, however, finds himself falling in love with Sarah and witnesses the tearful departure of Lazi from Robert's life. This sets the stage for Sarah's downfall and George's fervent wish to be with her again. Graham Swift (Booker Prize-winner for Last Orders) tells a story about love, loyalty, betrayal, and redemption. The Washington Post says, "With The Light of Day, Graham Swift distills emotion and incident into a hypnotic elixir. He is simply one of the most sure-handed, savvy and remarkable writers now at work."