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Into the Blue

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    My New Favorite Mystery

    Goddard had me at the first chapter. I found Harry to be believable and his emotions reminiscent of my own. The twists and turns were great fun,and--unlike most mystery writers--he spelled out a list of clues for us to follow. There were conundrums and "aha moments," enough to satisfy and mystery reader. It was a very satisfying page-turner beginning to end.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong amateur sleuth investigation

    Fifty-three years old Harry Barnett accompanies his much younger and obviously healthier guest visiting English schoolteacher Heather Mallender on a tour of the Greek Isle Rhodes where he has lived for about nine years as a housesitter. He stopped for a smoke and a second wind while she went on, but after waiting for a while for Heather to return, Harry anxiously sets off to find her. Instead he sees four stripes of ¿cerise and silver¿ from Heather¿s scarf caught on a low hanging tree branch. He reports her missing to the authorities who suspect he killed her. --- Harry quickly realizes that the cops assume he harmed Heather. Deciding he needs to prove otherwise and finding nothing useful on Rhodes, Harry traces Heather back to England He learns Heather was visiting a psychiatrist, helping her not very successfully cope with the loss of her sister to an IRA bomb. However, Harry soon finds his own past not that of Heather¿s is where the answer lies, but obtaining the proof could prove deadly from people he trusts. --- On the surface the story line is a simplistic amateur sleuth investigation starring a dissolute loser hiding from his roots. However, that would oversimplify a complex somewhat convoluted thriller filed with twists and plenty of irony as the reluctant warrior returns to the place of his greatest failure amidst other fiascos. The story line grips the reader from the moment Harry panics when he realizes that somehow Heather is missing and continues to hold reader attention as the ¿hero¿s¿ stomach churns when he concludes he is the only suspect and never let¿s go until Harry¿s final sardonic confrontation with a foe PAINTING THE DARKNESS with deception and blackmail. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    Highly Recommended

    I've read hundreds of books and this has to be one of the best, I was gripped from page 1 and followed loser Harry's search for his missing friend with anticipation. The sad irony at the end was so well thought out that I never would have guessed. Read it or miss out!

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