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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.

Reviews

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

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    9780552164900

    May 2, 2011

    Corgi

    448 pages

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    9781407068213

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    464 pages

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