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 fromsleepy 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
Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and read History at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. His first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, was winner of the first WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw.