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The Judgement of Strangers: The Roth Trilogy Book 2

The Judgement of Strangers: The Roth Trilogy Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Taylor
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‘An intelligent, exciting psychological drama… A powerful feeling of something nasty just around the corner prevails’
Daily Mail

‘This author knows precisely how to wield suspense’

‘Taylor is a major thriller talent’
Time Out

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The second novel in Andrew Taylor’s ground-breaking Roth trilogy, which was adapted into the acclaimed drama Fallen Angel. A haunting thriller for fans of S J Watson.

It is 1970. David Byfield, a widowed parish priest with a dark past and a darker future, brings home a new wife to Roth. Throughout the summer, the consequences of the marriage reverberate through a village now submerged in a sprawling London suburb.

Blinded by lust, Byfield is oblivious to the dangers that lie all about him: the menopausal churchwarden with a hopeless passion for her priest; his beautiful, neglected teenage daughter Rosemary; and the sinister presence of Frances Youlgreave – poet, opium addict and suicide – whose power stretches beyond the grave.

Soon the murders and blasphemies begin. But does the responsibility lie in the present or the past? And can Byfield, a prisoner of his own passion, break through to the truth before the final tragedy destroys what he most cherishes?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140132262X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and many other awards. His books include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year; and The Scent of Death, winner of the CWA Historical Dagger.

He is the author of two Kindle Singles, both ghost stories - Broken Voices; and, most recently, The Leper House.

He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He is the Spectator's crime fiction reviewer.

For more information about Andrew Taylor and his books, see:

Follow on twitter: @andrewjrtaylor

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all 3 books in the Roth Trilogy and very much enjoyed them all but this one is my favourite. It's set in the small village of Roth in Middlesex in the 1970's where David Byfield is a widowed parish priest. The course of the book sees his meeting and subsequent marriage to Vanessa, a marriage that seems to be the catalyst to a train of unsavoury events with a darker undertone, the true magnitude of which, only becomes clear at the very end. The story is well laid out and easy to follow with each character well established, not least the every present Miss Oliphant. I don't want to give too much away but the way it links to the other books in the Trilogy is excellent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roth Trilogy 1 Sep 2005
These books one volume constitute a masterpiece, unparalled.
Andrew Taylor really is the best crime writer alive, in my opinion. I like all his books.
But this really is something special.
The first book is somewhat gruesome and with hindsight I realise I have viewed it as a spring-board to the other two. I love the way that each volume is written in a different style/genre and I loved the complexity of the final volume.
I cannot recommend this trilogy too highly - I wish I could have the experience again of reading it for the first time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creeping suspence 11 Oct 2002
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This is the last book in the Roth trilogy - the earliest book chronologically - and I really recommend reading them in the order intended. Andrew Taylor is a master of understatement, of the horror lurking just under the deceptively normal surface. These books have staid with me for a long time and I look forward to re-reading them.
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