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A Stranger in the Family: A Novel of Suspenseby Robert Barnard
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From Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger-winning crime writer . . .
Kit Philipson has always felt like something of a stranger in his family. Growing up as the only child of professional parents in Glasgow, Scotland, he had every advantage. His mother was a teacher; his father, a journalist, escaped from Nazi Germany at the age of three on one of the 1939 Kindertransports. But on her deathbed, Kit’s mother tells him he was adopted and that his birth name was Novello. Soon, vague memories of his early life begin to surface: his nursery, pictures on the wall, the smell of his birth mother when she’d been cooking. And, sometimes, there are more disturbing memories—of strangers taking him by the hand and leading him away from the only family he had ever known. A search of old newspaper files reveals that a three-year-old boy named Peter Novello was abducted from his parents’ holiday hotel in Sicily in 1989. Now the young man who has known himself only as Kit sets out to rediscover his past, the story of two three-year-old boys torn from their mothers in very different circumstances. Kit’s probing inquiries are sure to bring surprises. They may also unearth dangerous secrets that dare never be revealed.
With sharp wit and deep insight, Robert Barnard sweeps away all preconceptions in this powerful study of maternal love and the danger of obsession.
Kit Philipson has always felt like a stranger in his family. Having grown up as the much-loved child of a professional family in Glasgow, Scotland, he learned that he was adopted, and that his birth name was Novello. Soon vague memories begin to surface: his nursery, pictures on the wall, the smell of his birth mother when she’d been cooking. And sometimes there are more disturbing memories—of strangers taking him by the hand and leading him away from the only family he had ever known. A search of old newspaper files reveals that a three-year-old boy was abducted from his parents’ holiday hotel in Sicily in 1989. Now, twenty years later, the young man known as Kit sets out to rediscover his past…but his probing inquiries may unearth secrets that dare never be revealed.
Barnard brilliantly chips away at a carefully constructed family facade in a deeply moving story about the power of maternal love—and the danger of obsession.
About the Author
Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing. His most recent novel, Charitable Body, was published by Scribner in 2012.
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