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The new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross

Not all scars are visible. Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins. The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world. But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who have worked for it, Kellaway included. Its past, as well as its future, is a treacherous place.

So Kellaway is surprised when IK's founder and former chairman, Greville Lashley, sets him a final task before he quits. The academic hired by the board to write the company's history has discovered a gap covering several years in the records of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley started with and where Kellaway also began his career. He is despatched to Cornwall to learn what has become of the missing documents.

But the search is a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list.

But pursue it he must. Because the truth, he belatedly realizes, is the secret that has consumed his life. This time - this last time - he will not stop. Until he has found it.

Reviews

The classic Goddard epic of romance, double dealing and tragedy wrapped up in an old family quilt stained with blood and hidden under the stairs…Irresistible.

The Times

Get your hands on this gripping thriller set in stunning Cornwall. If you like plenty of twists in the tale and sensational plot lines, then you're probably already a fan of Robert Goddard. Fault Line doesn't disappoint. Settings and characters are a joy.

Daily Express

An intriguing tale of love, loyalty and betrayal...Robert Goddard remains the master of this particular territory.

Northampton Chronicle

A dangerous trawl through memories, mysteries and dirty dealing. A compelling read.

Choice Magazine

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  • Paperback

    9780552161381

    November 19, 2012

    Corgi

    512 pages

    RRP $22.99

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