By Iain Pears

ISBN-10: 0425167720

ISBN-13: 9780425167724

It truly is 1663, and England is wracked with intrique and civil strife. whilst an Oxford don is murdered, it sort of feels at the start that the incident could have not anything to do with nice issues of church and nation. Who poured the arsenic into the victim's brandy? The proof issues to Sarah Blundy, a servant girl.... She confesses to the crime and is sentenced to be hanged.

Yet, little is because it turns out during this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways that witnesses can see an identical occasions but consider them falsely. each one of 4 narrators - a Venetian clinical scholar, a tender guy motive on proving his overdue father blameless of treason, a cryptographer and an archivist - palms a distinct culprit...an erudite and exciting travel de force.

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I swung the car off the highway and pulled up before the station. ” Kees grimaced. “All business, aren’t you? ” “All business,” I said. Someplace in the south, Anneke had said. Somewhere in the sunshine. It was four-thirty now. Tomorrow at this time she would be dabbling her toes in the Mediterranean. She was at a corner table in Oscar’s eating place when I walked in, seated with a trio of teen-age girls, all wearing the same blue berets and short capes so that Anneke in their midst looked like their schoolmistress The most voluble of them was wearing thick horn-rimmed glasses and had just reached that point in her young life where, when I seated myself beside Anneke, she hastily snatched off the glasses, almost dropping them in the process.

Well, let’s put it in plain language. International airlines are largely dependent on travel agencies to bring them their trade. ” “Rebates,” Kees said. He gave me his best smile. ” I said, “And Simon here is the agent of agents. ” Leewarden nodded. “For a commission. ” “And consider,” said Kees, “that the airlines involved — sixteen of them at present — are among the most respectable corporations doing business here and in America. We’re not moving among the underworld. ” What could be more considerate?

She seemed to be fighting her own spell. “Well, emotionally, there is some trouble there. You see, when she was told the news her immediate response was to inquire about an abortion. Yet at our first interview she had told me she planned the pregnancy. In my experience, it’s usually the father’s attitude that leads to such a reaction. Anneke feels her only loyalty is to you. Your rejection of the child therefore—” “Wait a moment. ” “Then in effect, signorina, she’s all wrong about it. ” Bianca lit a fresh cigarette from the butt of the first one.

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