Title: Past Caring
Publisher: Penguin Books, New York
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Original Wraps
Book Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First Edition.
Book Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC)
The advance reading copy of the Penguin mass market paperback edition of Goddard's elusive first novel, in light blue wraps with blue type. Square and unmarked; spine uncreased though slightly age-darkened; a one-inch closed tear at the spine on the front wrap, crease to outer bottom corner of the front wrap . Sleeve protected. Bookseller Inventory # 001728
Synopsis: At a lush villa on the sun-soaked island of Madeira, Martin Radford is given a second chance. His life ruined by scandal, Martin holds in his hands the leather-bound journal of another ruined man, former British cabinet minister Edwin Strafford. What?s more, Martin is being offered a job?to return to England and investigate the rise and fall of Strafford, an ambitious young politician whose downfall, in 1910, is as mysterious as the strange deaths that still haunt his family.
Martin is intrigued by Strafford? s story, by the man?s overwhelming love for a beautiful suffragette, by her inexplicable rejection of him and their love affair?s political repercussions. But as he retraces Strafford?s ruination, Martin realizes that Strafford did not fall by chance; he was pushed. Suddenly Martin, who has not cared for many people in his life, cares desperately?about a man?s mysterious death and a family?s terrible secret, about a love beyond reckoning and betrayal beyond imagining. Most of all Martin cares because the story he is uncovering is not yet over?and among the men and women still caught in its web, Martin himself may be the most vulnerable of all?.
From the Publisher:
"Combines the expert suspense manipulation skills of a Daphne DuMaurier romance with those of a John Le Carre thriller."
- New York Times
"One of the best novel I've read in a long time...I loved every one of its 500 pages"
"A hornet's nest of jealousy, blackmail and violence. Engrossing"
"A complex trail of blackmail and murder. Recommended"
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