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The new thriller from the 'master of the clever twist'

Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison. He won’t reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime.

His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew fromsleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch’s imprisonment.

In 1940, he was personal assistant to a wealthy diamond dealer in Antwerp, whose collection of modern art was the envy of many. The subsequent disappearance of those paintings began a trail of murder and intrigue which was to have a catastrophic effect on Eldritch’s life. But untangling the web of murky secrets, family ties and old betrayals that conceals the truth will prove to be a dangerous pursuit for Eldritch and Stephen. Before long, a mysterious enemy is doing everything possible to stop the truth emerging – at whatever cost…

Reviews

Goddard has been writing thrillers since 1986 and from this read it's clear why he's a bestseller. His plotting is satisfyingly complex without being baffling and the action is well paced, drawing you in from the start. There's also plenty of suspense.

Sunday Express

Likely to suck you in from the first few pages...You'll find yourself unable to stop reading as trespass, theft, murder, and duplicity are perfectly thrown into the mix

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Robert Goddard, as ever, demonstrates impeccable narrative skills in this persuasive novel.

Good Book Guide

A fantastic read, full of suspense

New Books Magazine

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  • Paperback

    9780552156820

    January 3, 2011

    Corgi

    544 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    9781407067759

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    544 pages

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