When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, William Trenchard is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear. The stranger announces himself as James Norton, but claims he is in reality Sir James Davenall, the man to whom Trenchard’s wife, Constance, had been engaged, and who had committed suicide eleven years ago. Sir Hugo, James’s younger brother, and his mother, Lady Catherine, refuse to recognize Norton and force Trenchard into an uneasy alliance against him. But Trenchard must plumb the depths of his own despair before the dark secrets of the Davenall family can finally, shockingly, be revealed.
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Robert Goddard was an educational administrator before becoming a full-time novelist. Among his many bestselling works, Into the Blue won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw.From AudioFile:
Set in England in the last half of the nineteenth century, Goddard's novel centers on a legal challenge to the right of inheritance to a baronetcy, vast wealth, and land. The unfolding story is composed of rape, murder, incest, and rampant adultery among the members of an extended aristocratic family. It's an old fashioned page--or rather--tape-turner. Michael Kitchen gives a masterful reading. He gives each member of the large cast a distinct voice, and his pacing is excellent, capturing the widely ranging emotional states of various characters. Kitchen keeps the listener actively engaged. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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