Like an archaeological dig, The Roth Trilogy strips away the past to reveal the menace lurking in the present: ‘Taylor has established a sound reputation for writing tense, clammy novels that perceptively penetrate the human psyche’ – Marcel Berlins, The Times
The shadow of past evil hangs over the present in Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy as he skilfully traces the influences that have come to shape the mind of a psychopath.
Beginning, in The Four Last Things, with the abduction of little Lucy Appleyard and a grisly discovery in a London graveyard, the layers of the past are gradually peeled away through The Judgement of Strangers and The Office of the Dead to unearth the dark and twisted roots of a very immediate horror that threatens to explode the serenity of Rosington's peaceful Cathedral Close.
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‘Skilful, elegant, powerfully atmospheric, in which ancient evil shimmers like images trapped in a corridor of mirrors’ Philip Oakley, Literary Review
‘A highly praised trilogy of novels whose ecclesiastical background adds to the intense nature of the suspense. They inform not only the heart but the brain since Taylor is a writer blessed with great compassion as well as an unerring eye for historical detail. His flawed heroes and heroines and narrators are people you have met before in the street. Their dilemmas are murderously mundane, but the scale of their tragedies devastating’ Frances Fyfield, Sunday ExpressFrom the Back Cover:
'Nobody's perfect, says a little girl in a walled garden.'
Certainly not the child stolen from a shabby London Street. Or the sexually frustrated suburban vicar. Or at least of all, perhaps, the woman who runs out of good times and comes to perch like a cuckoo in the bosom of a perfect family.
'Requiem for an Angel' uncovers the secret history of a murderer, tracing the full damage and horror of an unforgiving killer over forty years. For the first time the three volumes of the Roth Trilogy can be read together as they were designed. A chilling account of one family's self-destruction, the story strips away the layers of the past like an archaeological l dig into the very nature of evil.
"A fascinating unravelling of the horrors that the past can visit on the present."
"Finely crafted… Taylor has established a sound reputation for writing tense novels that perceptively penetrate the human psyche."
MARCEL BERLINS, 'The Times'
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007134363
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7134363