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Long Time Coming: Crime Thriller Kindle Edition
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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 thirty-six 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 strange request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, and an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection. This is 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 that 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...--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 589 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 546 pages
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (14 February 2010)
- ASIN : B0038AUYBY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
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Murder mysteries that are slightly unusual. The characters are all realistic and slightly flawed personalities. This is a refreshing break from a lot of books where characters are sometimes a bit one dimensional. It does however have you getting cross with them for doing stupid things that you know are going to get them into trouble.
Robert Goddard, unlike many authors today, does not just write a book of events leading from A to B to find a conclusion, but rather, writes a STORY, encompassing the lives, the conflicts, even the history of those involved in the story. I never cease to be amazed at the research this author must have carried out in preparation for his books which not only makes them more authentic, but interesting also.
If you feel you would enjoy a modern day type Agatha Christie 'thriller', with incredibly descriptive dialogue, and of words exceeding more than six letters, these are stories you will enjoy.
I do, however, have one downside to make to make regarding Robert Goddard's books. I am unable -as is my wife - to get a good nights sleep, being reluctant to stop reading !!
It is set in two time frames,1976 and 1940. Stephen Swan is unaware he has an uncle, Eldritch Swan who has just been released from an Irish prison after 36 years. We then follow the story through Stephen who helps his uncle as secrets from his uncle's past keep cropping up. There are quite a few co-incidents which help the story along and a romantic interest for Stephen pops up, Not exactly a thriller or a romance. The plot is quite tight and twisty through. I didn't really feel any emotional attachment to any of the characters and when I was finished I didn't feel any great loss. (A test of a good book to me is whether I feel kind of bereaved when I finished it - I don't like losing or leaving characters I've become fond of or attached to).
His best stories seem to be ones where there are 2 timelines going on where they switch back and forth and dovetail nicely at the end. Also I much prefer his writing of pure fiction where any factual characters or dates don't override the story, with a main character with no special qualifications who is thrown into a situation he or she has to solve, this story involves proving the provenance of a collection of Picasso paintings. The usual RG twists and turns with murder, love and betrayal all rolled in for fun!