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Author: Justin Go Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781442368255
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In this mesmerizing debut novel, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth.

Just after graduating college, Tristan Campbell receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco. It contains the phone number of a Mr. J.F. Prichard of Twyning Hooper, Solicitors, in London and news that could change Tristan's life forever.

In 1924, Prichard explains, an English alpinist named Ashley Walsingham died attempting to summit Mt. Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. Walsingham’s solicitors searched in vain for Imogen, but the estate was never claimed. Nearly eighty years later, new information has surfaced that leads the same law firm to believe that Tristan may be Imogen’s descendant and the estate’s rightful heir. But unless he can find documented evidence before the trust expires, the fortune will be divided among charitable beneficiaries in a matter of weeks.

From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley’s deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world’s tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen’s story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful time-slip story, beautifully written with a superb sense of place. Go captures the spirit of early twentieth-century England perfectly, both in the past and the present, in a novel that is exciting, emotionally engaging, and ambitious. I loved it!”

    Kate Mosse, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Justin Go has written an astonishingly vast, meticulously plotted, and beautifully told novel. In elegant, haunting prose he tells a wartime story that is at once violent and lovely, hopeful and despairing. I won’t soon forget Go’s passionate, star-crossed lovers and their deeply moving story, set against the riveting, utterly realistic backdrop of the Great War.” 

    Anton DiSclafani, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Justin Go attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a BA in history and art history. He also holds an MA in English from University College London. He has lived in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York City, and Berlin, among other places. Justin left his job at a Manhattan law firm to write his first novel, The Steady Running of the Hour, which ultimately took six years and a trip around the world complete.

About the Narrator

Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.