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The Inheritance [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Tolkien
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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15 April 2010

When an eminent art historian is found dead in his study, all the evidence points to his estranged son, Stephen. With his fingerprints on the murder weapon, Stephen’s guilt seems undeniable.

As the police begin to question five other people who were in the house at the time, it is revealed that Stephen’s father was involved at the end of World War II in a deadly hunt for a priceless relic in northern France, and the case begins to unravel.

As Stephen’s trial unfolds at the Old Bailey, Inspector Trave of the Oxford police decides he must go to France and find out what really happened in 1944. What artefact could be so valuable it would be worth killing for? But Trave has very little time – the race is on to save Stephen from the gallows.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423390282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423390282
  • ASIN: 1423390288
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,542,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fine novel. A thinking person’s Da Vinci Code.’ Chicago Tribune

‘A deft combination of Agatha Christie manor-house whodunit. Erle Stanley Gardner courtroom drama, and Dan Brown thriller, The Inheritance is nonetheless unique to its creator’ Richmond Times-Dispatch

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About the Author

Simon Tolkien was a successful Criminal Justice barrister in London specializing in serious crimes before moving to California with his wife and two children to take up writing full time. He has been acclaimed as a naturally gifted storyteller with a terrific command of language and a unique perception into the darker sides of human nature. The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, with whom he had a very special relationship, Simon Tolkien’s writing is set firmly in this world.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read... 11 July 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Simon Tolkien has a written a very good story spanning two countries and 15 years, in his second novel, "The Inheritance". A war criminal in deed, if not charged, Professor John Cade, is found shot to death in his Oxford home. The house abounds with suspects; his two sons, an old war crony and his wife, a researcher for Cade, and several others. The Oxford police, with a fair amount of surety, charge and convict Cade's younger son, who stands to hang within days of his conviction. This is in 1959, when Britain still had the death penalty in murder cases.

But his barrister and a member of the Oxford Police Department who helped convict Stephen Cade doubt his guilt. Disturbing echos of the war crime John Cade had committed in Normandy after D-Day with two subordinates, have returned to haunt the case. Throw in a missing Cross of St Peter, which everyone seems to be searching for, and the fact that almost no one, other than the Cade family, are who they say they are, and the reader has a fine mystery to read. It's a well-written book with a satisfying ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Inheritance," a new British mystery/courtroom drama/thriller by Simon Tolkien, whom the Los Angeles Times has described as "half Christie and half Grisham," gives us the tale of the murder of John Cade, Colonel Cade during his war hero World War II years; now an honored Professor Cade at England's prestigious Oxford University. The don is found dead in his locked study; circumstantial evidence weighs heavy against his son Stephen, who soon ("The Inheritance" is set in the 1950's, when the United Kingdom still hanged those convicted of murder), finds himself on trial for his life in the Old Bailey, London's famous old courthouse. However, there were five other people in the Cade manor that night, and Detective Inspector William Trave of the Oxford and Midland CID, who had initially gathered the evidence that put Stephen on trial, is now, rather late in the day, having misgivings as to his part in building this case. He is revisiting the alibis and backgrounds of the others in the house; he will find and unravel a thread that goes back to the Professor's WWII service in France.

This is a pretty good thriller, it kept me turning the pages, and I liked it. England of the 1950's is well-rendered, as is the Oxford area, its flora and fauna, and the speech of its people. London is also well-rendered. The dialog, narrative and descriptive writing all satisfied me. Characters struck me as unusually sturdy and well-drawn for an entertainment of this type. The courtroom scenes may not have the snap of master Grisham, but they kept my attention fixed on the plight of poor Stephen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit pedestrian 5 Aug 2013
By Mikel
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The writing was good, the characters were fairly well-developed and the plot was believable, but, in the end, I couldn't really bring myself to CARE about the characters or "who did it"...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inheritance by gift or action 26 Dec 2013
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This is a great compelling tripartite book. Nicely balanced but not ruined by a sloppy ending. It falls happily into crime fiction without being formulaic. The long lasting results of people's actions leave one continuing to meditate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the writing quality 15 Oct 2013
By LinsP
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The story itself was great but the writing let it down and made it hard to stay with the tale. The multiple switches in narrative point of view (sometimes mid para!) made it very difficult to get to know the characters properly. I found it difficult to care about any of them and hence it was a struggle to get to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Oct 2013
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Good story keeps you guessing plenty of twists and turns. Well told suspense and good characters and sub plots in it.
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