You can run from a guilty conscience, but you can't hide . . .
James wasn't much more than a child when he had an affair with Lily. And now, twenty-four years later, Lily confesses to James that their affair led to a daughter, Kate.
And Kate desperately needs her father's help: she's wanted for murder.
But there is no room for murder in James's life. He has a wife, a good job, a nice house in the country . . .
As Kate comes crashing into his world, so she lights the fuse under his ordered life. Because James has also been keeping a secret - a very dark and deadly one...
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During the last ten years I have sometimes felt that as a crime novelist I have been lurching steadily forwards with my eyes looking backwards over my shoulder. From the middle of the 1990s, after The Four Last Things, all my novels have been set in the past, mainly in the 1950s. The American Boy was set in the early nineteenth century.
Steadily the urge grew on me to write a book about a place that had not existed when I wrote The Four Last Things – this brave new world of ours where mobiles chatter and trill like birds, CCTV cameras perch on every corner, and people go googling on svelte laptops that no longer need to be attached to the rest of the world with wires.
Out of this came A Stain on the Silence. The novel starts from three very simple premises: what if a childless man in his forties discovers that he has a daughter, the result of an affair 25 years earlier? What if the daughter is pregnant? And what if she’s on the run for murder?
But though the setting is contemporary, the themes and dilemmas of the novel are as universal as love and death. It’s a book about children and parents, and especially about missing children – children who are lost; children who are stolen, children who lose themselves, and children who haunt the minds of those who do not have them.About 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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