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Luckily it hasn’t been a long time coming for the next gripping Robert Goddard novel and he is on top form in this new thriller. When Eldritch Swan is released from prison after 36 years he soon finds himself caught up once again in intrigues he thought were buried long ago. With his nephew he sets out to uncover the truth about what happened all those years ago.

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Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard

Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison. He won't reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch's imprisonment. In 1940, he was personal assistant to a wealthy diamond dealer in Antwerp, whose collection of modern art was the envy of many. The subsequent disappearance of those paintings began a trail of murder and intrigue which was to have a catastrophic effect on Eldritch's life. But untangling the web of murky secrets, family ties and old betrayals that conceals the truth will prove to be a dangerous pursuit for Eldritch and Stephen. Before long, a mysterious enemy is doing everything possible to stop the truth emerging - at whatever cost...

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Goddard has been writing thrillers since 1986 and from this read it's clear why he's a bestseller. His plotting is satisfyingly complex without being baffling and the action is well paced, drawing you in from the start. There's also plenty of suspense * Sunday Express * Likely to suck you in from the first few pages... You'll find yourself unable to stop reading as trespass, theft, murder, and duplicity are perfectly thrown into the mix * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * Robert Goddard, as ever, demonstrates impeccable narrative skills in this persuasive novel * Good Book Guide * A fantastic read, full of suspense * New Books Magazine * [Robert Goddard's novels are] too good to gulp * Stephen King *

About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was our Guest Editor in March 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His bestselling novels are: Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue (winner of the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw), Take No Farewell, Hand in Glove, Closed Circle, Borrowed Time, Out of the Sun (a sequel to Into the Blue), Beyond Recall, Caught in the Light, Set in Stone, Sea Change, Dying to Tell, Days Without Number and Play to the End, Sight Unseen, Name to a Face, Found Wanting, Long Time Coming and Blood Count.

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10th July 2010


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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


544 pages


Crime / Mystery
Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
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