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Into The Blue (TV Tie in) [Paperback]

Robert Goddard
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2 Oct 1997 TV Tie in
Harry Barnett is a middle-aged failure, leading a shabby existence in the shadow of a past disgrace, reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly and innocently warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry stumbles on a set of photographs taken by Heather Mallender in the weeks before her disappearance. Desperately, obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life, he begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment when she vanished into the blue. The trail leads him back to England, to a world he thought he had left for ever, and at every step of the way a new and baffling light is shed on all the assumptions that have made Harry what he is.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (2 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552545937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552545938
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Into the Blue which won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw.

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"A book that will push the edges of late night fatigue... had me utterly spellbound... cracking good entertainment" (Washington Post)

"Impossible to put down... Totally compels you from the first page to the last... a wonderful storyteller" (Yorkshire Post)

"A cracker, twisting, turning and exploding with real skill" (Daily Mirror)

"Confirms his reputation as a spellbinding storyteller" (Sunday Independent)

"Ultimate page-turner and late-night obsessive read" (Rocky Mountain News) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A riveting bestseller from one of the UK's biggest thriller writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the bill 12 Nov 2006
By Didier TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Harry Barnett must be one of the least likely heroes I've encountered ever. Although he has failed in all he's ever tried his hand at before, when his friend Heather disappears he sets out to find her with the persistence of a pit-bull. But his search leads him to some very unexpected places.

This is the fifth book I've read by Robert Goddard, and until now he hasn't let me down a single time. Each and every time upon finishing one of his books I say to myself 'surely the next can't be as good', but I'm happy to say Goddard has proven me wrong again and again.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Robert Goddard's best 16 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Harry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes where he is the care taker of the Villa ton Navarkhon belonging to his powerful friend Alan Dysart. He lives peacefully in the shadow of a past disgrace until Heather Mallender, a guest at the villa, disappears on a walking tour on Profitis Ilias. Harry becomes the number one suspect. While a Greek detective tries to catch him, and the British newspapers accuse him of murder, Harry's conscience is his worst enemy of all. What happened to young, beautiful Heather Mallender? Who took her-and why didn't Harry realize that something was amiss?
Suddenly Harry, a man steeped in failure, finds a purpose: retracing the strange, twisting route that led to Heather's vanishing. But the more he learns, the less he knows. Until Harry finds himself at the heart of a dangerous puzzle whose pieces are scattered everywhere: in the realm of British politics, in the beds of adulterous lovers, in the past, the present, and most of all, amid the secrets of an unsuspected killer....
A nicely designed plot with plenty of twists and turns and a sympathetic protagonist are the strengths of one of Mr Goddard's most entertaining adventure stories.
Paul Shelley reads "Into The Blue" for BBC Audiobooks. A very good performance indeed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant -one of his best 14 April 2010
By Groucho
Great book. The usual twists and turns and false leads and the relentless "hook" that Goddard achieves with his books- you find yourself grabbing a couple of paragraphs whilst the kettle boils. Another highly readable intellectual thriller, beautifully written with memorable characters superbly drawn.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the blue. 5 Feb 2009
Fantastic book , couldnt put it down. This was the first book from Robert Goddard that i read. Probably about the best one i've read so far , as it's inspired me on, to read alot more Robert Goddard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for mum....who liked it lots 21 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mum normally reads John Grisham but loved Steig Larsson when she gave his books a go. Tried Jo Nesbo but was disappointed so I randomly chose Robert Goddard as a writer of a similar genre and mum devoured both this book and Blood Count in a few days. Mum would recommed it but she doesn't do t'internet, so I am recommending it having bought it for her!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Many avid readers of Robert Goddard would agree that his early books are his best.The author's writing style, prose and imagination has always set him above many of his contempories.Also the fact that his novels are difficult to pigeon hole into a particular style.In bookshops his novels can be found under 'fiction' in one store and 'crime' in another.

Robert Goddard had written three first rate thriller/mysteries before 'Into the Blue'. Leaving the historical fiction to one side for this book he concentrated on writing about a very mundane 'loser' in life ....Harry Barnett, and in so doing wrote one of his finest and most suspensefull mysteries.

This is an excellent book that keeps the reader guessing all the way, with plenty of twists and turns involving past deceipts,high politics and low skullduggery.

Goddard created perhaps his most remembered protaganist in Barnett, a popular character with readers who would return in two unconnected and (in my opinion) lesser novels.

Published in 1990,this novel remains the only Goddard book to have been filmed,and although the late John Thaw made a good job of playing Barnett, the whole story was much changed and is not a good reworking of what is an excellent thriller. This left the author dissapointed and unhappy and perhaps very choosy about what may be done with his work in the future. This is a pity because if done properly there could be some excellent adaptations of novels such as 'In Pale Battalions' and 'Take no Farewell' as well as his more contemporary stories like 'Play to the End' and 'Sight Unseen'....( a sequel to this would be good......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm 23 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but didn't like the 'hero' of the story which rather spoiled it for me. I was totally unsympathetic to his cause. Shame, 'cos everyone else in the book was acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very good read I realy enjoyed it. I am hooked now and I'm going to read all his books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bit drawn out.
This was a well written book parts of which were a gripping page turner. The plot was excellent however it was a little too drawn out in the middle for me. Read more
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Published 14 days ago by H H SINFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from Robert Goddard
I just love Robbery Goddard, he paints a picture of normal people and their thoughts and fears. This book is fantastic, full of twists and turns and a complex plot which keeps you... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, riveting and enjoyable
A thoroughly riveting and clever read. A real page-turner of a story. A book that I really enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Published 16 days ago by David Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse by a different name?!
Another corker of a book from Robert Goddard. I was recommended to him by my best mate who recommended Fault Line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony Bendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
What can I say what a great read all its twists and turns, never wanted to put it down!
Can't wait to get the next book of his
Published 2 months ago by purplesusanyorkshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book
Read them all can't wait for the next one, amazing plots and living in the south of England I recognize a lot of the locations. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read
As with his other books the author weaves his way through an intriguing storyline that demands the attention of the reader all the way to the final page
Published 4 months ago by A. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Blue
All the twists and turns that one has come expect of a Robert Goddard thriller. I've just read the last 25% in one hit. A great yarn with a satisfactory ending.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. I. R. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Goddard
Always love Robert Goddard books. I have most of the books,
this is the first of his that I have purchased electronicaly.
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