The Inheritance (Paperback)
|Author: Simon Tolkien|
|A dark, dynamic thriller that tests the strength of blood ties, loyalty, and revenge, "The Inheritance" is a complex mystery of deception and betrayal that follows the court case of a young man set to hang for the murder of his father.|
From the Publisher:
Everyone has a motive, and no one is telling the truth in this complex mystery of deception and betrayal
When an eminent art historian is found dead in his study, all the evidence points to his son, Stephen. He was the last person seen with his father, his fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and he was about to be disinherited in his father’s will. Stephen's guilt seems undeniable. But as Inspector Trave of the Oxford Police uncovers the stories of the five other people who were also in the house—along with the revelation that the deceased man was involved in a deadly hunt for a priceless relic at the end of World War II—he feels the case begin to unravel. As Stephen’s trial unfolds at the Old Bailey, Trave travels to France to find out what really happened in 1944, and the race is on to save Stephen from the gallows.
Author Simon Tolkien received widespread critical praise for his first legal thriller, Final Witness. Now, in The Inheritance, Tolkien sharpens his craft even more, deftly weaving psychological suspense and family drama to create a mystery steeped in memories, betrayal, and the long shadow of the past. Part courtroom drama and part historical thriller, The Inheritance is a dark, dynamic mystery that tests the strength of blood ties, loyalty, and the thirst for revenge.
If Stephen Cade was framed for the murder of his father, Oxford historian John Cade, the framing was impeccable. Estranged from his father for years, Stephen returns home in order to learn the details of his official disinheritance. That very night, the professor is shot, and Stephen's fingerprints cover the murder weapon. But there were five other people lurking around Moreton Manor, and the suspicions of tenacious Detective Inspector William Trave that Stephen is innocent seem to be confirmed when evidence surfaces connecting the victim to a valuable old book. Was one of the other people present the night of his murder after this mysterious tome as well? This is the second novel from Simon Tolkien, the grandson of J.R.R.