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What if a childless man in his forties discovers that he has a daughter, the result of an affair twenty-five years earlier? What if the daughter is pregnant? And what if she's on the run for murder?

James wasn't much more than a child when he had an affair with Lily. Now, 24 years later, Lily confesses to James that their affair led to a daughter, Kate. And Kate desperately needs her father's help, because she is wanted for murder. Yet there is no room for murder in James's ...

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Overview

What if a childless man in his forties discovers that he has a daughter, the result of an affair twenty-five years earlier? What if the daughter is pregnant? And what if she's on the run for murder?

James wasn't much more than a child when he had an affair with Lily. Now, 24 years later, Lily confesses to James that their affair led to a daughter, Kate. And Kate desperately needs her father's help, because she is wanted for murder. Yet there is no room for murder in James's life--he has a wife, a good job, and a nice house in the country. Kate comes crashing into his world, and lights the fuse under his ordered life. Because James has also been keeping a secret--a very dark and deadly one.

A Stain on the Silence is Andrew Taylor at his suspenseful, page-turning best.

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Editorial Reviews

Laura Wilson
"It's the high level of emotional literacy, coupled with Taylor's beautifully controlled style, that makes this book a page-turning, one-sitting read from a master of psychological suspense."
Margaret Cannon
"A beautifully constructed novel, one of Taylor's best."
Sunday Telegraph
"The story displays Taylor's usual skilful plotting and characterization as it moves between past and present, gradually exposing long-hidden secrets."
Jane Jakeman
"Taylor is brilliant at capturing teenage angst . . . he excels not only in narrative control, but in depth of characterization."
From the Publisher
"It's the high level of emotional literacy, coupled with Taylor's beautifully controlled style, that makes this book a page-turning, one-sitting read from a master of psychological suspense."—Laura Wilson, Time Out

"A beautifully constructed novel, one of Taylor's best."—Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail

"The story displays Taylor's usual skilful plotting and characterization as it moves between past and present, gradually exposing long-hidden secrets."—Sunday Telegraph

"Taylor is brilliant at capturing teenage angst . . . he excels not only in narrative control, but in depth of characterization."—Jane Jakeman, Independent

From the Publisher
"It's the high level of emotional literacy, coupled with Taylor's beautifully controlled style, that makes this book a page-turning, one-sitting read from a master of psychological suspense."—Laura Wilson, Time Out

"A beautifully constructed novel, one of Taylor's best."—Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail

"The story displays Taylor's usual skilful plotting and characterization as it moves between past and present, gradually exposing long-hidden secrets."—Sunday Telegraph

"Taylor is brilliant at capturing teenage angst . . . he excels not only in narrative control, but in depth of characterization."—Jane Jakeman, Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302849
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of critically acclaimed crime novels, including the Lydmouth series, the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy and The American Boy, his bestselling historical novel which was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey Award, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America and the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Daggers (the only author to win it twice). He lives in the Forest of Dean.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    fascinating character study

    Lily Murtheston calls twice asking to speak to Jamie. Since he turned sixteen, everyone calls him James except for one woman back two decades ago when he was in his twenties; so he is taken aback but decides to learn what Lily wants. He muses about being thirteen when he met Lily through her marrying Hugh, the father of his best friend in school Carlo. Dying Lily is in a hospice in Wembley. He goes to see her; Lily informs Jamie that he fathered a child with her years ago; a daughter in trouble needing her father. He insists Katie's father is Lily's husband Hugh, but Lily says Jamie owes her.

    James meets his daughter Katie just before he leaves the hospice for his home where his wife Nicky is leaving for her book club meeting. Pregnant Katie expects to be arrested for the murder of her former fiancé Sean. She demands her biological father help her; James is confused what to do as his perfect life has been nuked but also fears telling his wife.

    This is a fascinating character study of a man who seems to have his life together only to find it collapse with the first troubling intrusion, the knowledge of a daughter he sired during an affair over twenty years ago surfaces. Readers will be stunned by how far James will go to avoid confrontation even not telling his wife; though he fails each time he chooses dodging an altercation behind a denial of responsibilities as a defense mechanism to reduce his anxiety, which never works. Although suspense comes extremely late with a clever Hitchcockian psychological twist, fans will enjoy the aptly titled A Stain on the Silence

    Harriet Klausner

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