Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
Another classic mystery from the “master of the clever twist.”

On a summer’s day in 1981, a two-year-old girl, Tamsin Hall, was abducted during a picnic at the famous prehistoric site of Avebury in Wiltshire. Her seven-year-old sister Miranda was knocked down and killed by the abductor’s van. The girls were in the care of their nanny, Sally Wilkinson.

One of the witnesses to this tragic event was David Umber, a Ph.D student who was waiting at the village pub to keep an appointment with a man called Griffith who claimed he could help Umber with his researches into the letters of “Junius,” the pseudonymous eighteenth century polemicist who was his Ph.D subject. But Griffin failed to show up, and Umber never heard from him again. The two-year-old, Tamsin Hall, was never seen again either. The Hall family fell apart under the strain. Sally Wilkinson, the nanny, wound up living with Umber, whom she had met at the inquiry. But she never recovered from the incident, suffered increasingly from depression, and eventually committed suicide.

In the spring of 2004, retired Chief Inspector George Sharp receives a letter signed “Junius” reproaching him for botching the 1981 investigation. Sharp confronts Umber, whose explanation for being at the scene of the tragedy has always seemed dubious. Obliged to accept Umber’s denial of authorship of the letter, he nonetheless forces him to join in a search for the real culprit — and hence the long-concealed truth about what happened 23 years previously. It is a quest that both will later regret having embarked upon. Too late they come to understand that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Baker & Taylor
When Chief Inspector George Sharp receives a letter signed "Junius" that reproaches him for botching the 1981 investigation into the kidnapping of a little girl, he is drawn back to David Umber, a one-time history student who had witnessed the abduction and whose explanation for being at the scene of the tragedy has always seemed less than forthright. Original.

& Taylor

Twenty-three years after a girl is killed and her younger sister kidnapped, Chief inspector George Sharp recieves a letter signed "Junius" that appears to point a finger at the only remaining witness to the crime.

Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2007
Edition: Delta trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780440242802
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 12, 2010

Someone on "Goodreads" described Robert Goddard's mysteries as good but not great and I agree with that sentiment. I find his writing style a bit clunky.


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