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. Download and start listening now!