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In Pale Battalions :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 458
ISBN - 0552162965


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Detail - Six months after the sudden death of her husband, Leonora Galloway sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin... Leonora takes her daughter to the battlefields of WW1, where her father is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument. But the date of his death is surprising, and reveals that Captain John Hallows cannot possibly have been Leonora's real father. This is only the start of a series of revelations that span three generations of a distinguished aristocratic family who are not what they seem. Penelope must piece together a tale of war, of loss, of greed, deception and vice - and the perpetrator of a murder left unsolved for more than half a century...

In Pale Battalions :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 464
ISBN - 1407055208


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Detail - Six months after the sudden death of her husband, Leonora Galloway sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin... Leonora takes her daughter to the battlefields of WW1, where her father is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument. But the date of his death is surprising, and reveals that Captain John Hallows cannot possibly have been Leonora's real father. This is only the start of a series of revelations that span three generations of a distinguished aristocratic family who are not what they seem. Penelope must piece together a tale of war, of loss, of greed, deception and vice - and the perpetrator of a murder left unsolved for more than half a century...

In Pale Battalions :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Delta
Pages - 368
ISBN - 0440336988


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Detail - Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off for a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin... Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's father. The date of his death is recorded and 30th April, 1916. But Leonora wasn't born until 14th March 1917. Penelope at once supposes a simple wartime illegitimacy as the clue to her mother's unhappy childhood and the family's sundered connections with her aristocratic heritage, about which she has always known so little. But nothing could have prepared her, or the reader, for the extraordinary story that is about to unfold. From the Paperback edition.

Pale Battalions : The Dark Land

Author - David Swattridge
Publisher - Austin MacAuley
Pages - 459
ISBN - 9781784555023


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Detail - Sam Morbeck is unhappily married to Jane, who has squandered most of his retirement funds on a gambling addiction. He wants to keep any monies forthcoming from the property of his recently deceased aunt and uncle away from her despicable hand, either through divorce or some brutal act. But High Wood, as Sam soon discovers, is no ordinary house. What is all the dust coating everything, and why, when the cleaners arrive, has it suddenly disappeared? In a novel that rapidly moves from the commonplace irritabilities of an unhappy married life to the wide open expanses of what happens after death, David Swattridge's Pale Battalions - The Dark Land adds another dimension to the journey of the soul. Where did all the missing in action go after their deaths in World War 1? In a novel which is by turns comic and tragic, Sam, together with his new love, Elizabeth, the vicar, are about to find out.

Past Caring :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Robert Hale
Pages - 501
ISBN - 0709093403


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Detail - Martin Radford, history graduate, disaffected and unemployed, jumps at the chance to visit Madeira at the invitation of an old university friend who is running the local English language newspaper. Luck continues to run for him when he is offered a lucrative commission to research the mysterious resignation and subsequent obscure retirement on Madeira of Edwardian cabinet minister Edwin Strafford. However, his investigation triggers a bizarre and inveitably violent train of events which remoreslessly entagles him and those who believed they had escaped the spectre of crimes long past but never paid for.

Beyond Recall :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Delta
Pages - 368
ISBN - 9780440338284


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Detail - On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple’s golden wedding anniversary and another’s marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon—a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. And the next morning, Chris is horrified to find Nicky dead, hanging from a tree where the boys once played…. For Chris, the suicide opens a floodgate of doubt and suspicion. How did his family’s wealth slip out of the hands of a great-uncle, brutally murdered before he could change his will? Were the men convicted of the crime truly guilty? And who is the mysterious, seductive woman who claims to know the Napiers’ darkest secrets? As the crimes of two families are exposed, a series of violent acts shadows him and suddenly Chris knows he’s in uncharted waters…until a killer drops one last disguise—for the ultimate act of revenge. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Borrowed Time :

Businessmen

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 480
ISBN - 0552164178


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Detail - It is a golden evening of high summer in July 1990. Robin Timariot has set out that morning on what he has planned as a six-day tramp along part of Offa's Dyke. At the close of his first day's walk he encounters an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place among the sheep and gorse of Hergest Ridge. They exchange only a few words of conversation, but their talk is enigmatic - and unforgettable. A few days later, at the end of his walk, Timariot returns home to learn from the newspapers that, just a few hours after their meeting, the woman, whose name was Louise Paxton, was raped and then murdered, along with an artist, Oscar Bantock, who lived near by. A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot - and others - that all is not what it seems. Timariot, fascinated by Louise Paxton's memory, is drawn irresistibly into the complex motives and relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgement for the secret of what really happened on the day she died. The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be. And far too late he realizes that it may threaten many powerful people. So much so that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.

Caught in the Light :

Missing persons

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 448
ISBN - 0552162973


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Detail - On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls passionately in love with the mysterious and beautiful Marian. Back in the UK, Ian resolves to leave his wife for her - only to find Marian has disappeared, and the photographs of their brief time together have been savagely destroyed. Searching desperately for her, Ian comes across a quiet Dorset churchyard. Here he meets a psychotherapist, who is looking for a missing client of hers: a woman who claims she is the reincarnation of Marian Esguard, who may have invented photography ten years before Fox Talbot. But why is Marian Esguard unknown to history? And who and where is the woman Ian Jarrett has sacrificed everything for?

Out Of The Sun :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 432
ISBN - 140706830X


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Detail - Harry Barnett is shocked to learn that he has a son - David Venning, a brilliant mathematician, now languishing in hospital in a diabetic coma. And this is only the first and smallest of the mysteries he is about to encounter. It is not known whether David's condition is due to an accident or a suicide attempt. But Harry discovers that his mathematical notebooks are missing from the hotel room where he was found. And two other scientists employed by the same American forecasting institute have died in suspicious circumstances. Driven on by the slim hope of saving the son he never knew he had, Harry goes in search of the truth and finds himself entangled in several different kinds of conspiracy - none of which he ought to stand the slightest chance of defeating.

Play to the End :

Actors

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 416
ISBN - 0552164941


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Detail - For actor Toby Flood, Brighton is the final week of a long tour. One night he is visited at the theatre by his estranged wife, Jenny, who, visibly scared, thinks she is being stalked. She asks Toby, for old times' sake, to find out what is going on. Alarmingly he discovers a sinister connection with Jenny's new partner. Spurred on by a desire to win Jenny back, Toby begins to ask some difficult questions. Before he fully understands the risks he is running, he finds himself caught up in a mysterious - and dangerous - tangle of family rivalries and murderous intent. Suddenly the prospects for his survival start to look very far from good...

Into the Blue :

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 640
ISBN - 1407055364


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Detail - Harry Barnett is a middle-aged failure. Leading a shabby existence in the shadow of a past disgrace, he is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly and innocently warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry stumbles on a set of photographs taken in the weeks before her disappearance. Obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and determined to clear his name, he begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment when she vanished into the blue. The trail leads him back to England, to a world he thought he had left for ever - and a past he has tried desperately to forget.

Painting the Darkness : A Novel

Fiction

Author - Robert Goddard
Publisher - Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Pages - 608
ISBN - 0802190960


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Detail - From the author of the James Maxted series, “a plot worthy of Wilkie Collins” unfolds as an Englishman struggles to maintain his sanity and his marriage (Kirkus Reviews). Robert Goddard’s international bestselling third novel is a masterful exercise in suspense set in Victorian-era England. On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, thirty-four-year-old husband and father William Trenchard sits quietly at home when the creak of the garden gate announces the arrival of a mysterious visitor. The stranger claims he is Sir James Davenall, the former fiancé of Trenchard’s wife, Constance. He was thought to have committed suicide eleven years ago. Although Constance remembers him, Davenall’s family refuses to recognize him as one of their own. Forced into an uneasy alliance with the stranger, Trenchard struggles to hold on to his wife and his sanity until the dark secrets of the Davenall family can finally be brought to light. “[Painting the Darkness] has all the ingredients of a first-class melodrama . . . engaging and satisfying.” —The Times (London) “It explodes into action so that the reader is hooked by the time he reaches the third page. . . . A superb storyteller.” —Sunday Independent (Ireland) “This exciting story, with its careful complexity and completeness—no loose ends—is a joy to read.” —Publishers Weekly