By Robert Goddard
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780385343626, 368pp.)
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
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In the summer of 1909, an unassuming English bobby crossed paths with Russian royalty. Now, a century later, the secret entrusted to him is about to be revealed.
Richard Eusden is on his way to work in London one unremarkable winter morning when he is intercepted by his ex-wife, who asks him to ferry an old attaché case to their friend Marty Hewitson in Brussels. Richard expects to be back in London within the day, but in Belgium, Marty is nowhere to be found. Instead, Richard comes face-to-face with a ruthless kidnapper and his outrageous demand: the attaché case in exchange for Marty’s life.
The desperate attempt to save his old friend sets Richard off on a race across Germany and then north, first to Copenhagen, then to Helsinki. Whatever the contents of the case, they link a Danish tycoon and his family’s dark secret to the deaths of several innocent people. And now that secret is beginning to tug at the threads of a larger mystery—one involving the fate of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, last of the Romanovs.
Robert Goddard’s first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the seat pace and labyrinthine plotting.
Praise for the novels of Robert Goddard
“Robert Goddard is a consummate storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review
“When it comes to duplicity and intrigue, Goddard is second to none. He is a master of manipulation.”—The Daily Mail (U.K.)
“Comparisons to A. S. Byatt and P. D. James [are] inevitable.”—The Washington Post Book World
“[Goddard’s novels are] too good to gulp.”—Stephen King