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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: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,932 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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2006
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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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By HORAK on 16 Sept. 2007
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Groucho on 14 April 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
DON'T BE TEMPTED TO BUY THE VHS TAPE OF THE TV VERSION-(JOHN THAW)IT IS A MUTILATED AND HIGHLY DISTORTED VERSION OF THE BOOK. IT EVEN HAD A DIFFERENT MURDERER AND REASON FOR THE MURDERS!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By richard Brown on 5 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jj Harding on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Mike Collins on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a cracker from the variable Mr G, with a fiendish plot, a sympathetic protagonist, an utterly unnecessary and embarrassing sex scene, and an ending with more twists than a mountain road. But you know me, chums, we have to have a Goddard-ism in these reviews and here's an absolute belter for everyone to enjoy. Harry the hero has dropped into a country vicarage to question the rector about a disappearance. The rector is listening to choir music on his sound equipment at the time, so read on and admire. "Near the stereophonic eye of this plangent dirge sat the Rector of Flaxford, wreathed in cigarette smoke behind a broad and paper-scattered desk, one eyelid flickering faintly as he stared unsmilingly at Harry, curly grey-shot hair falling across his forehead, sagging jaw dark with stubble, a voluminous mohair cardigan draped over clerical shirt and collar." Make that two sagging jaws, Rob.
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