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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552164900
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99
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Days Without Number




Days without Number is another classic Robert Goddard mystery, intricate, fascinating and deeply satisfying to the very last page

Nick Paleologus is summoned to the unyielding bosom of his family to help resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. Michael Paleologus, retired archeologist and supposed descendent of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone at Trennor, a remote and rambling house on the Cornish bank of the Tamar. A ridiculously generous offer has been made for the house, but he refuses to sell despite the urgings of his children, for whom the proceeds would solve a variety of problems.

Nick accomplished little in the role of mediator, but the stalemate is soon tragically broken. Only then do Nick and his siblings discover why their father was bound at all costs to reject the offer and what may really be the motives of the prospective buyer.

Their increasingly desperate efforts to conceal the truth drag them into a deadly conflict with an unseen and unknown enemy, who seems as determined to force them into a confrontation with their family’s past as he is to conceal his own identity.

Late in the day, perhaps too late, Nick realizes that the only way to escape from the trap their persecutor has set for them is to hunt him down, wherever – and whoever – he may be. But the hunt involves excavating a terrible secret from their father’s archeological career. And once that secret is known, nothing will ever be the same again.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552164900
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire in 1954. He was educated at Price’s School Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he read History. He unsuccessfully pursued various career options, finally spending ten years as a local government officer. Frustrated with a lot of contemporary fiction, he set out to write a novel that did what he wanted more novels to do: tell a tightly constructed and densely plotted story engrossingly and satisfyingly. The result was Past Caring and when it became a success he realised that he had, in fact, always been a writer.

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Praise for Days Without Number

“Classic Goddard”

The Times

“An absorbing, contemporary thriller with a hint of mysticism. Highly recommended”

Good Book Guide

“Fuses history with crime, guilty consciences and human fallibility in a way that makes his books an intelligent escapist delight”

The Times


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