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Murder mystery that moves between 1981 and 1947.

At a wedding party in Cornwall in the summer of 1981, Chris Napier is shocked to recognise a dishevelled intruder as his childhood friend Nicky Lanyon, whom he has not seen since his father, Michael Lanyon, was hanged for the murder of Chris's great-uncle, Joshua Carnoweth, in 1947.

It was the inheritance of old Joshua's fortune that led the then humble Napier family to their present state of affluence. When Nicky subsequently hangs himself, Chris sets out on a journey into his own and others' memories of the tragic events of 34 years before. Driven on by Nicky's firm belief in his father's innocence, he begins to doubt the offical version of those events and to question the conduct of several members of his own family.

Then other present-day mysteries begin to dog his footsteps into the past and soon his search for the truth becomes a desperate struggle for his own survival.

Reviews

Satisfyingly complex...finishes in a rollercoaster of twists

Daily Telegraph

Absorbing and intriguing

Evening Standard

One of Britain's finest thriller writers

Time Out

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    9780552164184

    May 2, 2011

    Corgi

    400 pages

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    9781407068152

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

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