Our Fathers' Lies

Andrew Taylor, Author Dodd Mead $15.95 (234p) ISBN 978-0-396-08751-9
Caroline Minuscule won England's Crime Writers First Novel Award and an MWA Edgar nomination. Characters in Taylor's debut and the sequel, Waiting for the End of the World, return in his third thriller set after the alleged suicide or accidental drowning of Richard Prentisse. His daughter Celia appeals to Richard's friend, Major Ted Dougal, and his son, William, to uncover the real cause of death. In her father's study, Celia finds a puzzling note among his documents. This is tiny clue propels her and the Dougals into long trips and meetings with people in widely different professions. The three investigators search for information about a man hanged for murder years earlier, facts about a court-martial during WW I, and other well-kept secrets. A journalist who offers help to William is killed and so are other innocents involved in the affairs of an arrogant criminal. As the resourceful villain tightens the net around Celia and William, Major Dougal pits his cunning against him. The narrative's climax and denouement offer, yet again, examples of the author's ability to make one's pulse race. Foreign rights: Gollancz. November
Reviewed on: 01/01/1985
Release date: 01/01/1985
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Paperback - 234 pages - 978-0-14-008838-0
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