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The Cuckoo Line Affair Paperback – Apr 1973


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; New impression edition (April 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006132391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006132394
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,535,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John M Ballard on 8 May 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
--- and that's saying something ! A mild-mannered older guy is drawn into a bizarre plot and it takes a lot of intervention by family members to work out the rather complicated truth of the matter.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Higgins on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The beginning of the story is terrifyingly plausible. Inoffensive elderly gentleman accused of attempted rape on a train journey. Two apparently unimpeachable witnesses. Then the rape victim is murdered. Did he do it? No alibi. Family can't believe him guilty and rally round. Discover a possible alternative explanation but doubt whether they can prove it once their main suspect is sucked into a muddy grave in quicksand while running away from them. Never mind; they can still try to rig up a convincing demonstration for the judge. The book starts well, finishes well, but in between has the good guys behaving idiotically. But if they had done the sensible thing, there would have been no story.
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The Cuckoo Line Affair 17 Nov. 2002
By Tami Brandt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It was impossible to believe that a charming, decent, delightful man like Edward Latimer would assault a young woman in a railway carriage. But the evidence -- some of it supplied by witnesses who should have been friendly -- proved he had.
Up until that incredible incident Mr. Latimer had seemed a gentle fellow, contented with his gardening and birdwalks. His family and friends begged him to plead insanity. But he insisted that he was sane, and the doctors agreed with him.
Then, as the neighbors muttered about Latimer and began to ostracize him, a body was discovered in the lonely marshlands where Latimer was so fond of walking.
Hugh, Latimer's son, and Hugh's fiancee Cynthia set out to prove Latimer's innocence. The job seemed impossibly hard. But they were determined. Amateurs can do a lot, if it's a matter of life or death.
Andrew Garve, of whom the Columbus DISPATCH says: "How does he do it?", whose earlier novels the NEW YORK TIMES calls "notable," of whose last book the Boston GLOBE said, "This is the most enthralling Garve yet, than which no higher praise is possible," has here written what is perhaps his finest novel so far. Most of the people are people you would like to know, the suspense is great, the deduction prime.
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One of the most convincingly complex mysteries I've read 30 Dec. 2000
By N. Quast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Garve is an outstanding writer and this is my favorite. A well-respected lawyer is accused of accosting a woman on a train and disinterested witnesses support the accusation. Then she turns up dead and his charged with murder. His sons set out to clear his name. They soon discover who has set the frame and why--the difficult part is proving how. An exceedingly clever mystery that portrays both the humor and terror of false witness.
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One of the most convincingly complex mysteries I've read 30 Dec. 2000
By N. Quast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Garve is an outstanding writer and this is my favorite. A well-respected lawyer is accused of accosting a woman on a train and disinterested witnesses support the accusation. Then she turns up dead and he is charged with murder. His sons set out to clear his name. They soon discover who has set the frame and why--the difficult part is proving how. An exceedingly clever mystery that portrays both the humor and terror of false witness.
An excellent plot but inconclusive resolution 22 May 2014
By Khirul - Published on Amazon.com
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The story carries you along, and you certainly want the framed man exonerated. But the resolution offered is far from proven, and another, more interesting possibility is left dangling.
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