A Richard and Judy Book Club SelectionWhat should you do if the world has turned against you? When Father Anselm is asked this question by an old man at Larkwood Priory, his response is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined. For that evening the old man returns, demanding the protection of the church. His name is Eduard Schwermann and he is wanted by the police as a suspected war criminal.
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©2003 William Brodrick; (P) W F Howes Ltd
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A Richard and Judy Book Club selection."A complexity worthy of le Carre at his best, ingeniously worked out, and surprising....Utterly convincing....a work of art." (The Scotsman)
"Impossible to put aside, this is a wonderful thriller." (Telegraph)
"Brodrick writes well about age and memory, buried pasts and the consequences of opening them up." (Guardian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jules on 07-03-07

Wonderfully complex

This is a lovely story beautifully read. Its quite complex and moving with a delightfully rich combination of characters and full of twists and turns. I wouldn't call it a thriller, more of an intriguing mystery spanning from the activities of the French resistance to the present day and the resulting effects for three families. This is so much more than an account of a war crimes trial. Father Anselm is a warm character that I quickly grew to like and I'm pleased to see that he features in the next William Brodrick book which is now on my wishlist. I've listened to The Sixth Lamentation once and am listening again to pick up on a few nuances I missed first time round. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul & Susy on 14-06-07

Good story (slow reading)

This is a good story I agree with what the other reviewers have said but the reading is so very slow; every piece of punctuation is noticable like no other book that I've listened to, the effect is that the narrator dampens any tension which builds up. The ponderous delivery grated on me but others may like this style.

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