Tug of War (Joe Sandilands) Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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Simply put - it's a stunner. -- New York Times August 26 2007
Simply terrific. Densely plotted, beautifully written history builds into an excellent mystery with a murder and love story at its heart. -- Toronto Globe and Mail. September 1 2007
The brilliant sixth Joe Sandilands novel from award winning author Barbara CleverlySee all Product description
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I am a huge fan of Cleverly's books. She really knows how to set the stage and give the reader a sense of physical, emotional and political place. Along with Charles Todd and Anne Perry, she writes about the horror of WWI and its impact on those who fought and lived it. She creates strong, smart, interesting characters, particularly Sandilands and Dorcas, but all her characters have dimension with dialogue that has a natural flow. But the core of it all is a good, solid traditional mystery that kept me turning the pages in the non-stop read. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
Set in Champagne, in the misty aftermath of the Great War, the novel picks a tricky course through the landscape of a regenerating France to establish the identity, not of a corpse, but of a man who is inconveniently (for the French authorities) alive. The amnesiac late-return prisoner of war is claimed by several French families with their own sinister reasons for wanting him, but his doctor suspects that he may in fact be British. Sandilands is sent to sort out the problem. On his way to the truth he unearths an old murder, establishes the identity of the mystery soldier and prevents a future crime.
Involving - it kept me up all night turning pages. Cleverly plays her audience with the skill of an Agatha Christie but with ten times the psychological insight. As usual with her books, it's not the who dun it but the why the hell they done it that's gripping.
I enjoyed this one as much as any of her others.
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