Dying to Tell

Dying to Tell

Book - 2001
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Intricate, intense and satisfying to the last page, another classic mystery from a best-selling author. It is autumn in the little Somerset town of Glastonbury. Lance Bradley is just beginning to feel that her is idling away his life there as usual when he receives a call for help from the eccentric sister of his old friend Rupert Alder. Inexplicably, Rupe has stopped sending the money that his dysfunctional siblings depend on. Reluctantly, Lance goes to London to learn what he can, only to find that his friend has vanished. Rupe's employers, the Eurybia Shipping Company, want him tried for fraud. A Japanese businessman called Hashimoto claims he has stolen a document of huge importance. And a private detective is demanding money for trying to trace on Rupe's behalf an American called Townley who was involved in a mysterious death at Wilderness Farm, near Glastonbury, back in 1963, that year of so many momentous events which just happens also to be the year of Lance's birth. No sooner has Lance decided that whatever Rupe was up to is too risky for him to get involved in than he finds that he already is involved, and the only way out is to get in deeper still. Where is Rupe? What is the document he has stolen? Who is Townley? And what happened at Wilderness Farm in the summer of 1963 that holds the key to a secret more amazing than Lance Bradley could ever have imagined?
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Bantam Press, 2001.
ISBN: 9780593047583
Branch Call Number: FIC Godda 3578au 1
FIC Godda
Characteristics: 345 p.


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Jul 05, 2013

A devilishly convoluted plot provides the basis of a superbly satisfying read. The sequence of unexpected encounters experienced by the lead character, and the shattering implications thereof, pays definition to the notion that chains of chance constitute life, for each and every one of us. What elevates 'Dying to Tell' to the level of a remarkably crafted tale is the meticulous layering of the aforementioned chains of chance through both space (continents) and time (decades). This the author accomplishes in maestro-like fashion, for here we have not the proverbial grand, global saga with a cast of thousands, but the record of a lone individual stumbling into an evolving situation that defies comprehension.

Aug 17, 2005

Robert Goddard is always a consummate story teller. But every once in a while his storylines take a dive, and this is one of those times. The story starts out with a very compelling premise of Lance who wants to help out a friend, Rupert, find his sister who has disappeared. Soon the twists and turns and the strange characters Lance meets along the way ensnare the reader into a situation that drags the reader along. However the introduction in the story of some very real facts into this fictional account don''t ring true and the whole thing ends up sounding conniving and robs the reader of what could have been a very satisfying roller coaster ride.

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