A Stranger in the Family

A Novel of Suspense

By Robert Barnard
(Scribner, Hardcover, 9781439176740, 256pp.)

Publication Date: June 8, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2010 Indie Notables
“In this latest from mystery master Barnard, a young man has been told that he is adopted. However, in his adoptive mother's dying days he discovers both the name of his birth mother and the fact that he was not given up for adoption, but rather had been stolen when he was 3 years old. Vague memories begin to surface as he searches for his birth family and for the reason and circumstance of his abduction. To borrow a phrase from across the pond, it's 'Brilliant'!”
-- Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


Description

From Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger–winning crime writer . . .

Kit Philipson has always felt like something of a stranger in his family. Growing up as the only child of professional parents in Glasgow, Scotland, he had every advantage. His mother was a teacher; his father, a journalist, escaped from Nazi Germany at the age of three on one of the 1939 Kindertransports. But on her deathbed, Kit’s mother tells him he was adopted and that his birth name was Novello. Soon, vague memories of his early life begin to surface: his nursery, pictures on the wall, the smell of his birth mother when she’d been cooking. And, sometimes, there are more disturbing memories—of strangers taking him by the hand and leading him away from the only family he had ever known. A search of old newspaper files reveals that a three-year-old boy named Peter Novello was abducted from his parents’ holiday hotel in Sicily in 1989. Now the young man who has known himself only as Kit sets out to rediscover his past, the story of two three-year-old boys torn from their mothers in very different circumstances. Kit’s probing inquiries are sure to bring surprises. They may also unearth dangerous secrets that dare never be revealed.

With sharp wit and deep insight, Robert Barnard sweeps away all preconceptions in this powerful study of maternal love and the danger of obsession.




About the Author

Robert Barnard is the winner of the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievemetn and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards.  An eight-time Edgar nominee, he is a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing.  His most recent novel is A Stranger in the Family, published by Scribner in 2010. He lives with his wife, Louise, in Leeds, England.

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