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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Tolkien Narrator: Simon Tolkien Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One summer night, two men break into an isolated manor house and kill Lady Anne Robinson. Her son, Thomas, convinces the police that his father’s beautiful personal assistant sent the killers, but Thomas is known for his overactive imagination, and he has reasons to lie. Thomas’s father, Sir Peter Robinson, the British minister of defense, refuses to believe his son. Instead, he marries his assistant, Greta Grahame, and will be giving evidence for the defense at her trial. He will be the final witness.

Who is telling the truth—the new wife or the bereaved son? What will Sir Peter tell the court?

Author Simon Tolkien successfully combines legal suspense and psychological tension in this sharply etched portrait of four people whose lives are changed by a murder. Alternating between the trial in London’s Central Criminal Court and private moments among the characters, Tolkien expertly describes the art of the trial, the clash between Britain’s social classes, and, most notably, the complexity of family relations. With tantalizing ambiguity, Tolkien keeps readers guessing about the true motivations of these characters until the final witness.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maciek | 1/31/2014

    " I picked this book at an used book store for little money. It's your typical courtroom drama, if you like such stuff you might give it a try, but don't expect something overtly original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joann | 1/13/2014

    " I loved this book! Hope there are more to come from this grandson of the trilogy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen Patterson | 1/13/2014

    " A good, solid story and English courtroom drama, but the mystery wasn't "shocking" as the book's description would suggest, at least for me it wasn't. I kept expecting some final twist to make an appearance, but it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara Diane | 1/13/2014

    " A very good read from JRR Tolkien's grandson. A British crime novel, this reads better than Grisham. With the exception of one or two scenes that were unnecessary, it was a good book. "

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