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Author: Robert Barnard Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781481574563
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This unique murder mystery is both a penetrating analysis of a decaying social class and a deeply moving personal story of two men: Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than thirty years ago. Once close friends, their relationship had gradually faded; even Wycliffe's shocking murder caused relatively little impact on his friends and the national press, who were distracted that week by more momentous events in the news.

Only now, over three decades later, does Wycliffe's death become Proctor's obsession. At the end of a long and distinguished career, Proctor decides to write his memoirs, and finds his mind overtaken by memories of Timothy Wycliffe. It is only in probing the past and discovering the shocking truth of Wycliffe’s murder that Proctor will find peace.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 6/11/2013

    " This is quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 3/18/2013

    " A superior entry in Barnard's widely diverse set of mystery novels. This one is a well-told tale of a long-ago murder and explores the extremely difficult lives of homosexuals in 1950's Great Britain. At base this is a sad, sad story, but it has its redeeming moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/17/2013

    " Good read with an interesting twist at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/27/2013

    " A good mystery with a twist of an ending. A retired politician is determined to solve the murder of his friend from 1950s London. His friend was a charming young aristocrat with a wide circle of friends. He was an open homosexual at a time when it was illegal and could result in a jail sentence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 11/16/2012

    " A retired Foreign Office diplomat, while writing his memoirs, becomes obsessed with a thirty year old murder case involving a homosexual colleague. Barnard utilizes his narrative well and gives the reader a grim ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/20/2012

    " Fantastic twist ending. Really well done, like all of Barnard's books. "

About the Author

Robert Barnard is a seven-time Edgar nominee and winner of the Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards. He is the author of twenty-four novels, including A City of Strangers, Death and the Chaste Apprentice, and At Death's Door. He has served as vice president of Britain's Brontë Society and lives with his wife in Leeds, England.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.