Beyond Recall

Beyond Recall

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by Robert Goddard
     
 

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On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple’s golden wedding anniversary and another’s marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon—a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which

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On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple’s golden wedding anniversary and another’s marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon—a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. And the next morning, Chris is horrified to find Nicky dead, hanging from a tree where the boys once played….

For Chris, the suicide opens a floodgate of doubt and suspicion. How did his family’s wealth slip out of the hands of a great-uncle, brutally murdered before he could change his will? Were the men convicted of the crime truly guilty? And who is the mysterious, seductive woman who claims to know the Napiers’ darkest secrets? As the crimes of two families are exposed, a series of violent acts shadows him and suddenly Chris knows he’s in uncharted waters…until a killer drops one last disguise—for the ultimate act of revenge.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Robert Goddard’s elegant prose and intelligence…place him in the company of such masters of historical suspense as John Fowles and Daphne du Maurier.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“When it comes to duplicity and intrigue, Goddard is second to none. He is the master of manipulation.”
Daily Mail

“The suspense mounts to a fine crescendo. A superior example of Goddard’s velvet-cloaked menace.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Goddard is a master of the sly double and triple cross.”
Seattle Times

“Goddard is clever and riveting.”
—Stephen King

"Satisfyingly complex... finishes in a rollercoaster of twists." 
Daily Telegraph

"Absorbing and intriguing."
— Evening Standard

"One of Britain's finest thriller writers."
—Time Out

Marilyn Stasio
There's an elegant arc to Goddard's fluid style, which gracefully orchestrates the story over its broad time span and through the ambiguous testimony of its complex characters. -- New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In G-Strings and Sympathy, Katherine Frank takes an important first step in investigating, reporting on, and beginning to truly understand one segment of these sex-paid consumers. . . .[S]he offers complex, multi-layered, sometimes paradoxical, explanations of what is at work, emotionally and culturally, for these men. . . . Frank's writing style invitingly combines academic and analytical rigor with an easy accessibility that is unusual in academically oriented work. . . . [F]our delightful fictional 'interludes'-well-written, enlightening short stories related to stripping provide yet an additional, refreshingly alternative perspective all their own. G-Strings and Sympathy offers a unique, intelligent, sympathetic, politically-aware look behind the curtain of secrecy and shame that shrouds the thriving culture of strip (and lap dancing) clubs across the nation. If you've ever wondered who the other guys are when you're at one of the clubs, or wondered why your guy might enjoy going there, a cruise through its pages is an enjoyable way to find out.
Spectator Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385341141
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
508,645
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Katherine Frank is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the College of the Atlantic.

Meet the Author

Robert Goddard is the author of eighteen bestselling novels, including Never Go Back, Into the Blue, Play to the End, Hand in Glove, Borrowed Time, Sight Unseen, and In Pale Battalions. He lives in England, where he is at work on his upcoming novel, Name to a Face.

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Beyond Recall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Cmilt47 More than 1 year ago
My mother introduced me to this author several years ago and I found this book like all his other keep me fully engaged until the final paragraph. set in the west country of England ,it brings out the local scenery as well as integrating the story line to produce a great read. I cannot wait to read his next novel.
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Library_Gal More than 1 year ago
Another all-nighter.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Estranged from his family, Chris Napier returns home for the first time in years to attend his niece¿s wedding at the family estate Tredower House converted into a hotel in Truro, Cornwall. Unwanted at the ceremony, Nicky Lanyon arrives insisting to his childhood friend Chris that his father Michael never killed Chris¿ great uncle Joshua Carnoweth over three decades ago; although authorities hung the man for the murder insisting the motive was greed as he was about to be replaced as the heir.

Nicky accentuates his point when he is found the next day hanging from a tree; apparently having committed suicide. As homage to Nicky and to alleviate his guilt having ignored the plea, Chris decides to investigate the 1981 homicide of Joshua though his preference remains leaving the past buried.

This is an exciting tale of murder, blackmail, and avarice within an extended family as secrets from the past are slowly revealed. The story takes a bit of time to introduce the three prime interrelated families, but once it does the plot never decelerates as the tangled history is unraveled one dangerous thread at a time by Chris. Fans will enjoy this fine suspense thriller filled with twists and spins that shake the hero as he uncovers the truth.

Harriet Klausner