The Inheritance: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 15, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Everyone has a motive, and no one is telling the truth in this complex mystery of deception and betrayal

When an eminent art historian is found dead in his study, all the evidence points to his son, Stephen. He was the last person seen with his father, his fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and he was about to be disinherited in his father's will. Stephen's guilt seems undeniable. But as Inspector Trave of the Oxford Police uncovers the stories of the five other people who were also in the house—along with the revelation that the deceased man was involved in a deadly hunt for a priceless relic at the end of World War II—he feels the case begin to unravel. As Stephen's trial unfolds at the Old Bailey, Trave travels to France to find out what really happened in 1944, and the race is on to save Stephen from the gallows.

Author Simon Tolkien received widespread critical praise for his first legal thriller, Final Witness. Now, in The Inheritance, Tolkien sharpens his craft even more, deftly weaving psychological suspense and family drama to create a mystery steeped in memories, betrayal, and the long shadow of the past. Part courtroom drama and part historical thriller, The Inheritance is a dark, dynamic mystery that tests the strength of blood ties, loyalty, and the thirst for revenge.

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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

Multiple genres. Historical, family, mystery, crime, etc. Catching up on books read on this site for a place to keep my records. Wish I'd made better notes on this book - enjoyed it while I was reading it. Notation was that plot seemed a bit contrived but good reading. Read in 2010. Read full review

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User Review  - carioca - LibraryThing

As a fan of murder mysteries and courtroom dramas, I was disappointed after reading this book. I am a fast reader usually, but it took me a long time to finish this one, largely because I was not ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Simon Tolkien was a successful barrister in London, specializing in criminal justice, before moving to California with his wife and two children. His first novel, Final Witness, was published in 2002 to widespread acclaim and his second, The Inheritance, received equally positive reviews when it came out in 2009. He is the grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien.

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