Kit Philipson has always felt like something of a stranger in his family. Growing up as an only child in Glasgow, he had every advantage. His mother was a teacher; his father, a journalist, escaped from Nazi Germany on one of the Kinder transports. But on her deathbed, Kit’s mother tells him he was adopted and his birth name was Novello.
Soon, vague memories of his early life begin to surface, some good some bad. 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.
©2010 Robert Barnard (P)2010 Soundings
Robert Barnard's books are always well written and I like English detective fiction so I highly recommend this book to readers who like the same as me
An interesting plot, believable dialogue
Narrator is ok
Uninteresting people saying uninteresting things to each other, endlessly.
"Not a murder but definitely a mystery"
Kit, 21 years old and the product of loving, middle class, academic parents had vague memories of a life other than that he knew. After the death of his mother he discovers that he was in fact 'adopted' but not legally. There were many complications in his background and he sets out to find the truth, meeting along the way, his birth mother, father and siblings, as well as people associated with his adoptive father, whose background is as murky as his own. This search takes him all over the UK and to Europe to find that the story started in 1938, long before he was born, with the upsurge of Hitler and the Nazis. There is no violence, no murders, just a convoluted mystery that takes him all his perseverance to uncover. The story is very well presented by Nick McCardle and,as usual,Robert Barnard presents us with something outside the normal run of crime fiction.
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