Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Our Fathers’ Lies


Shortlisted for the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers' Association

There's unfinished business between William Dougal and his widowed father Ted. Part of it has to do with Celia Prentisse, who was once William's girlfriend. When her father, a historian, is found drowned, he is declared a suicide, but his daughter Celia remains unconvinced - not least because his abandoned clothes were found with a bottle of the wrong brand of gin and a slim volume of Schopenhauer's essays.

It's not much evidence, but it's enough to send her godfather, retired British intelligence officer Major Ted Dougal, and his son William, off on a trail that leads to a 1930s arsenic poisoning and a still-classified World War I court martial. Fortunately, the Major has a lot of connections - and William's scruples are infinitely adjustable.

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"Zestfully written, with high tension rating." Guardian

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