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Another classic mystery from the “master of the clever twist.”

On a summer’s day in 1981, a two-year-old girl, Tamsin Hall, was abducted during a picnic at the famous prehistoric site of Avebury in Wiltshire. Her seven-year-old sister Miranda was knocked down and killed by the abductor’s van. The girls were in the care of their nanny, Sally Wilkinson.

One of the witnesses to this tragic event was David Umber, a Ph.D student who was waiting at the village pub to keep an appointment with a man called Griffith who claimed he could help Umber with his researches into the letters of “Junius,” the pseudonymous eighteenth century polemicist who was his Ph.D subject. But Griffin failed to show up, and Umber never heard from him again. The two-year-old, Tamsin Hall, was never seen again either. The Hall family fell apart under the strain. Sally Wilkinson, the nanny, wound up living with Umber, whom she had met at the inquiry. But she never recovered from the incident, suffered increasingly from depression, and eventually committed suicide.

In the spring of 2004, retired Chief Inspector George Sharp receives a letter signed “Junius” reproaching him for botching the 1981 investigation. Sharp confronts Umber, whose explanation for being at the scene of the tragedy has always seemed dubious. Obliged to accept Umber’s denial of authorship of the letter, he nonetheless forces him to join in a search for the real culprit — and hence the long-concealed truth about what happened 23 years previously. It is a quest that both will later regret having embarked upon. Too late they come to understand that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

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When Chief Inspector George Sharp receives a letter signed "Junius" that reproaches him for botching the 1981 investigation into the kidnapping of a little girl, he is drawn back to David Umber, a one-time history student who had witnessed the abduction and whose explanation for being at the scene of the tragedy has always seemed less than forthright. Original.

About the Author

Robert Goddard’s first novel Past Caring was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the-seat pace and labyrinthine plots.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440336587
Publisher:
Delta Trade Paperbacks
Subject:
Fiction-Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Author:
Goddard, Robert
Author:
Robert Goddard
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061226
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
294

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Crime
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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"Synopsis" by , When Chief Inspector George Sharp receives a letter signed "Junius" that reproaches him for botching the 1981 investigation into the kidnapping of a little girl, he is drawn back to David Umber, a one-time history student who had witnessed the abduction and whose explanation for being at the scene of the tragedy has always seemed less than forthright. Original.
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