Name to a Face
By Robert Goddard
(Delta, Paperback, 9780385342179, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 23, 2009
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He’d seen her somewhere once—he was sure of that. But the young woman gave no hint of recognition and before this could be explained, everything fell apart. . . . Tim Harding has come to Cornwall at the behest of a friend to represent him in an auction and facilitate the purchase of a much-coveted antique ring. Hayley Winter has come there for reasons of her own . . . and a centuries-old mystery is about to come crashing down around them both.
A decade before, a woman matching Hayley’s exact description died in a suspicious diving accident—at the side of the man giving Harding his orders. Now the ring, said to have been cut off the finger of a drowned British naval commander in 1707, is at the center of a many-tendrilled puzzle. Uncanny resemblances . . . stunning contradictions . . . Then Hayley’s sudden disappearance . . . For Harding, one misstep and a handful of coincidences ignite a search through dozens of lives, back into English history and the age of the Black Death, and forward to a fatal meeting in Germany . . . to find Hayley, her true identity, and the most shocking secret of all.
Robert Goddard's Into the Blue, was the winner of the first WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award. He lives in Truru, Cornwall. Delta will publish his next novel, Made To Be Broken, in 2010.
“The master of the clever twist.” –Sunday Telegraph
“Second to none when it comes to duplicity and intrigue…A master of manipulation.” –Daily Mail
“One of Britain’s finest thriller writers’.” –Time Out
“Smoothly plotted ... Goddard's gentle pacing and even prose build to an absorbing finale.”—Publishers Weekly