[Reading] ➿ Fault Line ➶ Robert Goddard – Vejega.info

[Reading] ➿ Fault Line  ➶ Robert Goddard – Vejega.info The New Race Against The Clock Thriller From The Master Of The Triple Cross Not All Scars Are Visible Jonathan Kellaway Needs No Reminding Of That On The Verge Of His Retirement From China Clay Conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins The Company Has Left Its Mark In Pits And Spoil Heaps Around The World But It Has Also Left A No Less Enduring Mark On Some Of Those Who Have Worked For It, Kellaway Included Its Past, As Well As Its Future, Is A Treacherous Place So Kellaway Is Surprised When IK S Founder And Former Chairman, Greville Lashley, Sets Him A Final Task Before He Quits The Academic Hired By The Board To Write The Company S History Has Discovered A Gap Covering Several Years In The Records Of The Small Cornish China Clay Outfit Lashley Started With And Where Kellaway Also Began His Career He Is Despatched To Cornwall To Learn What Has Become Of The Missing Documents But The Search Is A Voyage Into Dangerous Waters A Dead Friend, A Lost Lover And A Clutch Of Mysteries From Kellaway S Youth In Cornwall And Italy In The Late 1960s Come Back To Haunt Him And To Tempt Him With The Hope That He May At Last Learn The Truth About The Tragedies And Misfortunes That Blighted Those Years It Is A Truth That Has Claimed Several Victims Before If He Pursues It Hard And Long Enough, He May Only Add Himself To The List But Pursue It He Must Because The Truth, He Belatedly Realizes, Is The Secret That Has Consumed His Life This Time This Last Time He Will Not Stop Until He Has Found It. I found this book a thoroughly engrossing read I took it with me when I was out of town for five days, thinking, given its 500 page length, that it would last me for the entire trip however, it engaged me so much that I finished it in two days The story begins when the president of a company that has a monopoly in the china clay industry calls on an employee who is nearing retirement to investigate a series of missing files The employee is Jonathan Kellaway, who has a long history with the president s family From there, the story moves back and forth between the present and the late sixties when the hero first met Oliver Foster, the president s teenage stepson who was trying to find the reason for his father s death As in all A good story well told.I suppose one could say much the same about most of Robert Goddard s books He has written than twenty novels in the same genre, and with very few exceptions each one is as good as the last And the exceptions are generally those where Goddard breaks from the formula, which he seems to have perfected a mystery in the past which affects characters in the present The story is about a family firm, Walter Wren Co., that mines china clay in St Austell, Cornwall It is merged with a bigger firm, and after several mergers has become part of a large international conclomerate The former CEO of the company, Greville Lashley, who is still the majority shareholder, commissions a historian to write the history of the company, but she finds that several crucial files are missing, and Jonathan Kellaway, who had worked at Wren s as a student, before it was absorbed, is asked to help locate the missing files Back in the 1960s, when Jonathan was a student doing a vac job, he had become friendly with two of the children of the Wren family, Oliver and Vivien Foster, and Oliver is convinced that there was a myste As always, Robert Goddard gives us a beautifully written and intriguing tale Fault Line begins in Cornwall, a favourite setting, amongst the china clay pits Jonathan Kellaway is on the verge of retiring form a huge international China Clay company when he is obliged to search for missing documents that appear stolen from the old records but that prove a vital link to many family secrets of the firm s founders RG is one of those story tellers whose work grips one from start to finish such a delight especially on a rainy day in the UK Some people feel RG has begun to write similiar stories but I never feel this to be the case He often writes in the first person and yes, the hero does have a similiar feel about him perhaps because of this Often a man who has strong principles but is inveigled int Another excellent mystery by Robert Goddard with plenty of twists and turns.

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