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Hand In Glove Paperback – 1 Jul 1993

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552138398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552138390
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combines the steely edge of a thriller with the suspense of a whodunnit, all interlaced with subtle romantic overtones."
"-- Time Out

"Cliff-hanging entertainment."
"-- Guardian
"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brain-teasing thriller from the 'master of the clever twist'

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What I love about Robert Goddard is his ability to take an ordinary person, who could be someone you know, and place him or her into extra ordinary events - as if it was just a slip of fate that occurs. I have loved every novel I have read by Robert Goddard, and i always feel the same way - he has a fantastic ability to make you feel that it really could happen, although some of the events that happen in his novels are so fantastic.
One of my favourite scenes in Hand in Glove (not wanting to give too much away) is Derek walking down the bridge to meet the Spanish man, and the reader wonders how Frank, who is watching, must be feeling. Frank is an old man, veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and knows what this Spanish man has done in the past. Frank is my favourite character in Hand in Glove, I could imagine him that he really is a real old man living in rural Wales.
Characterisation is everything with Goddard, Colin the shady dealer, Derek the shy unassuming hero who is not quite a hero - an accountant for heaven's sake, and Charlotte, the slightly overweight, sensible, unbeautiful but very real heroine who could hardly believe the events that happen to her family. And Beatrix, the old lady who dies at the beginning, yet who we learn about extensively and learn to love, just like a much-loved elderly grandparent who is long dead but much talked about. You could just imagine looking at old people in the street and imagining their previous lives, in wars and in events that we younger people an only ever see in films - ordinary people. Goddard respects history and it shows with such consumate skill.
Fantastic book by Goddard, totally unputdownable, a real page turner, and a very interesting unexpected ending - classic Goddard....make you think....
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An old lady wakes in the night anticipating her murder ... and knowing who her murderer must be. The police, however, have another suspect, conveniently connected to the crime and unable to explain away the evidence heaped against him. Thus starts a whodunnit which begins in the quiet certainties of an English coastal town and reaches across the seas and down fifty years to the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.
Robert Goddard writes exceptionally good historical thrillers, linking a past which has sown the seeds of the crime, and the present in which the harvest is brought in. In doing so, he displays exceptional qualities of exposition - of finding a vehicle to describe the past and make it relevant to the present without stopping the action and slowing the story.
Goddard plots his stories beautifully - he is, or should be, a model for would be novelists. His characters can reminisce, he can inject documents from the past, he can flashback and forward through time, and he can have his characters discuss the significance of history and specific, often arcane, events without for one moment decelerating the page-turning flow of his writing.
This is Goddard's sixth novel, maintaining an exceptional standard. A very English writer, but with catholic interests and perspectives, his writing is always intelligent, lucid, humanistic, and well-paced, his narrative weaving back and forth across a cast of characters and across cultures and eras. He sets up the twists very neatly, but very honestly. There's no sleight of hand, just excellent craftsmanship.
Goddard's thrillers are, perhaps, 'cosy' - his heroes, in so far as they exist, tend not to be macho men, but placid individuals caught up in a maelstrom of events.
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I became addicted to Goddard after reading Take No Farewell, and Hand In Glove shares many of the same features. Central to the plot is the determination of Derek Fairfax to exonerate his brother, who is suspected of murdering Beatrix Abberley, sister of the war poet Tristam Abberley. The plot gets murkier and more complex, until everything seems to fall into place. There's a nice twist in the final chapter too.
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'Hand in Glove'.I've waited and waited to read this,having read every other Robert Goddard novel.I left this one until he took another 'gap' year,which with the delay to 'Long Time Coming'this year has turned out to be. Was it worth it? Yes and no. If I could have given this book 3.5 stars then I would have as it is certainly better than 'Found Wanting'but not in my opinion as some of his modern day mysteries such as 'Days without number' or 'Sight Unseen'.

'Hand in Glove' was published in 1992 and comparing his writing style then to that of today is almost like reading a different author.I love his early novels and the incredible detail that he brought to those stories and this is the type of novel he usually excells at...dark family secrets that come to haunt those living generations later. The trouble with 'Hand in Glove' is that the characters are really quite dull,especially Charlotte who takes the lead role in this story.There are twists and turns a plenty but not the sudden heart stopping shocks that are contained in his best work. Credibility is also stretched at points, especially near the end( a problem with his recent books);Frank, a character who has lived as a recluse in Wales for 50 years drives to london and the next thing is he is on the ferry to France, as if he would have a passport in the first place! There are good points, in particular the historical detail regarding the Spanish civil war and the letters from the front.

This is a long novel by Robert Goddard's 2008 standards and the pace is sedate. With no new novel this year, I hope that he can re find the balance between pace and the incredible plot twists and shock endings that his best books are renowned for.
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