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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781440756566
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Famed for her Mary Russell mysteries and novels featuring Kate Martinelli, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King has amassed a large and devoted following.

His existence shattered by the Great War, Bennett Grey is investigated by an American agent who thinks he may be useful for protecting national security. US Bureau of Investigation agent Harris Stuyvesant’s first inclination is to let his fists do the talking. But he’s well out of his jurisdiction, having traveled across the Atlantic to dig up clues on an Englishman he believes responsible for terrorist acts in the States. After turning up a lead that draws him from London far into the English countryside, Harris meets Bennett Grey, a shell-shocked veteran whose war wounds left him with a unique talent that may hold the key to cracking the case.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “King’s meticulously plotted tale of an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, Touchstone, is an Anglophile’s treat of sixth sense and sensibility.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A thriller with big themes…memorably satisfying.” Wall Street Journal
  • “Brilliant characters and completely realized and masterful writing make this book impossible to put down. Intrigue, terrorism, and people pushed to the edge combine until the suspense is unbearable.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “This standalone thriller from bestseller King offers impeccable scholarship and the author’s usual intelligent prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Offers action, intrigue, history, mystery, mysticism, and romance…King’s riveting novel and Mays’ excellent narration combine to give the listener a totally satisfying experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “King works her mastery not only in a vivid and sometimes terrifying psychological study but also through gorgeous evocation of the English landscape, detailed description of the dynamics in a country house inhabited by the same family for half a millennium, and perceptive analysis of the intricate complexities of politics, power and gender, and social justice. Cinematic in the intensity of its shifting points of view and boasting characters so charismatic that we can hear not only their voices but also the sound of their breathing, King’s latest combines a compelling plot with a richly, even lushly, imagined time and place.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Realistic psychological drama, strong research, and impeccable writing style make this a tale not be missed. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeleine | 2/19/2014

    " Liked it, although it was kind of slow-going. Really enjoyed the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferris | 1/21/2014

    " Audiobook.............Off to a good start! Touchstone......always finds true gold. Well, this is another really golden story from Laurie R. King. A mystery/suspense novel set in post WWI England. There is a brash American FBI man, a working class/nobility labor struggle full of issues which ring true even today, and to top it off, the Laurie R. King trademark, strong willed, principled, intelligent women. It's a really good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/11/2014

    " couldn't get in to it - so didn't finish it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/11/2014

    " This book was an interesting historical fiction mystery. It is based in the political turmoil following WWI and both British and US politics take a role in the drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/3/2014

    " A good read...King is comfortable with the WWI era and has created believable characters with a bit of mysticism added that is well done. Although I like the Holmes/Russell series, this is a nice change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyy | 12/17/2013

    " Great read, as all of Laurie King's books are. Gives the reader glimpses of England and America during the turmoil of the 1920s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent thorough read that is one part detective story, one part history, one part romance. Like all of Laurie King's books it is not a quick read, but one of the more satisfying ones. I look forward to her continuing with these characters in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 11/19/2013

    " enjoyable but not as good as her Mary Russell series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 farmwifetwo | 8/21/2013

    " I read the ARC and gave the H/C I'd purchased away as a gift. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 8/11/2013

    " A god read/listen. Interesting, the way the author develops the characters. I had part of it figured out early on. but was left wondering about another character until the end. It was a good listen, but not my favorite. Still, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwennie | 7/11/2013

    " I love everything Laurie R. King writes. So really, I can't objectively or impartially review. I'm a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janellyn51 | 6/11/2013

    " I love Laurie King's books. This book is a stand alone, which takes place in the mid 1920's. The character's are strong and well developed. It has to do with terrorism, and labor Union strikes, Baldwin, and an ancient family and estate. It did keep me on the edge of my seat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendroz | 5/31/2013

    " I adore this writer. This was an interesting historical thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 5/19/2013

    " Complex story with many plots and subplots. The characters were interesting (as hers usually are) and the main idea around "touchstone" was thought-provoking. But at times that idea got lost in the search for a bomber. I did like this, but it was not one of my favorites of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/8/2013

    " It dragged a bit at times and the motives of the evil Carstairs were a bit muddy, but otherwise a food mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 11/2/2012

    " Slow-going but well worth sticking with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/2/2012

    " I love how the sherlockish abilities were explained as almost autism-like brain damage. Great story and interesting history but I wish it could have had a happier ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/20/2012

    " Maybe her best book yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/29/2012

    " Very consistent characters and a very good story. It was memorable and a keeper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/18/2012

    " I generally like Laurie R. King's books but found this one very slow moving. I kept thinking that something was going to happen, and not much did. I felt the time I spent reading this was a waster of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 3/9/2011

    " I really like Laurie King on the whole, but this is not the best example of what makes her fun to read, in my opinion. The exploration of shell-shock was interesting, but otherwise the whole thing came off a little conventional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 2/7/2011

    " I found this book to be very absorbing. It kept me on my toes until the very end without any excess of graphic or unnecessary drama. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/6/2011

    " Very dark mystery of a tourchered individual and darker government forces. For the conspiratorial at heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 12/4/2010

    " I liked this book but the politics didn't really interest me, so I was bored through some of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 11/13/2010

    " Brainy whodunit - just my type! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rheba | 10/27/2010

    " My least favorite of Laurie King's books so far. Sometimes it reads like a romance novel, in that it was fairly predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/22/2010

    " Very consistent characters and a very good story. It was memorable and a keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 9/21/2010

    " An intriguing book following an FBI agent in post-WWI Britain. Although it's not as tightly written as it could be, it still is a fascinating look at leftist movements during this time period. Luckily, the main plot is also as interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marci | 8/21/2010

    " I just can't really get into this, not like the other King books I have read. The language of several of the characters is pretty bad and hard to overlook when it is in all caps. Not quite ready to return it, maybe I'll come back but so far, just not loving it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janellyn51 | 8/8/2010

    " I love Laurie King's books. This book is a stand alone, which takes place in the mid 1920's. The character's are strong and well developed. It has to do with terrorism, and labor Union strikes, Baldwin, and an ancient family and estate. It did keep me on the edge of my seat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hats | 8/6/2010

    " Not my favorite of hers, but a good psychological exercise. I recommend it as a palate-cleanser between Mary Russell and Kate Martinelli. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 7/27/2010

    " Complex story with many plots and subplots. The characters were interesting (as hers usually are) and the main idea around "touchstone" was thought-provoking. But at times that idea got lost in the search for a bomber. I did like this, but it was not one of my favorites of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/20/2010

    " Interesting story about an almost supernatural ability found in a man after a near-death-experience in the war. Good plot twist, etc. This is the only book I've read by Laurie R. King, but I really enjoyed her characters! Definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/11/2010

    " I loved this book!! Another amazing read, and very thorough, too! The main characters were compelling and I am going to miss them, now that I am done... :( "

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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrator

Jefferson Mays has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audio narrations. He is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California–San Diego.