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Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison. He won't reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. 

His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch's imprisonment. 

In 1940, he was personal assistant to a wealthy diamond dealer in Antwerp, whose collection of modern art was the envy of many. The subsequent disappearance of those paintings began a trail of murder and intrigue which was to have a catastrophic effect on Eldritch's life. But untangling the web of murky secrets, family ties and old betrayals that conceals the truth will prove to be a dangerous pursuit for Eldritch and Stephen. Before long, a mysterious enemy is doing everything possible to stop the truth emerging - at whatever cost.... 

©2010 Robert Goddard (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Good Goddard

Robert Goddard approaching his best. A winding and twisting tale involving actual and fictional characters. Past Caring is my favourite, and this is reasonably close.

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Good, entertaining listening

To be perfectly honest, I bought this audiobook only because it was on sale, and I was almost giving up half-way through the story. I’m glad I didn’t, as the turn of events unfolding in the second half of the story is surprising and very well crafted. I recommend it. I only give the story 4 stars because the relatively low-speed start really tested me.

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Disappointing

I'm only a dozen chapters in, but I am just getting so bored by this. Partly, the voices produced by Joe Jameson are really dreadful! I haven't noticed this in previous offerings by this narrator. But also the story just seems tedious and I haven't yet found a character that I like!

There are so many good reviews that I might try again in a day or two.

Update: I've had a second go at this, got further into the book, but still didn't make it to the end!

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Disappointing

I became increasingly more and more bored by the story. A shame because I'm usually a fan of Goddard's.

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VERY ENJOYABLE

Keeps your interest all the way through and interesting story. Really enjoyed the narration.

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Another cracking book by Robert Goddard

Another cracking book by Robert Goddard. There is always something very timelessly British in his books. this one doesn't disappoint. brilliantly read as well. Bravo!

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A fantastic story with the usual Goddard brilliance

A great story, written with usual Goddard patience that just draws you in. Brilliantly narrated - the Dublin accents were spot on.
If you’re looking for something and your fearful of wasting a credit, this one’s definitely no waste

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First time I’ve tried Goddard

But it won’t be the last. A Well structured, engrossing and intelligent story, which kept guessing to the denouement.

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Excellent storytelling

Excellent engaging story that is well narrated. One of the most enjoyable books I have listened too.

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Enthralling!

I “discovered” Robert Goddard through Audible and now I am a fan. This book is enthralling. I really cared about the characters and the story had my heart racing more than once. I personally love time shift novels and this one is now among my favourites. Great narration by Joe Jameson.

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