Item description for Out of the Blackout by Robert Barnard...
With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working-class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside. When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kids . . . but no one ever came for Simon Thorn. His name appears on no list of the evacuated children. And none of his meager belongings offer any clues to his origins. Now an adult, newly moved to London, Simon is puzzled by an odd sense of familiarity when he walks down certain streets. He remembers his years of terrible nightmares -- nightmares that would cause him to wake up screaming, terrifying his bewildered foster parents. And he resolves, once and for all, to find out where he originally came from . . . even as everything he uncovers suggests that, really, he doesn't want to know. Widely praised for his deliciously, maliciously witty mysteries, the multi-award-winning Barnard takes a decidedly different tack in this fascinating novel of wartime London and the dark side of identity.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2006
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397322 ISBN13 9781933397320
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More About Robert Barnard
Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing. His most recent novel, Charitable Body", was published by Scribner in 2012.
Robert Barnard currently resides in Leeds. Robert Barnard was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Freelance Writer and Formerly University of Tromso Freelance Writer th.
Reviews - What do customers think about Out of the Blackout?
Evil intent produces a surprising result Aug 23, 2008
"Out of the Blackout" is another excellent republished story in the Felony & Mayhem series that has brought to light some terrific vintage British mysteries to the American reader. This short novel begins early in WWII with the appearance of a five-year old evacuee from the London blitz in a West Country English town. The undocumented child is placed with a loving family who eventually adopt him when the birth parents fail to appear by the end of the war. Eventually given the name Simon Cutheridge, the boy has a happy childhood with his new parents and successfully completes a university education. As he matures, Simon Cutheridge becomes obsessed with how he came to his adoptive family and what situation could have possibly led to his abandonment by his biological family. The bulk of this very well told story is devoted to Simon's methodical tracking of his origins. What he learns is an increasingly bleak saga of a suburban London family to which he is probably connected. Though repulsed by what he is uncovering, Simon is driven to discover the ultimate truth about his parentage. Along the way, his own life is increasingly a positive contrast to what is life might have been without the intervention of the malevolent fate of the war. This is an excellent read which has the psychological and moral strengths of a Ruth Rendel or Reginald Hill novel.
An intriguing story Aug 3, 2008
I bought this book because it was with the "others who bought this book, also bought***" I am so happy to have purchased this book, and read it on my commute in two days. The author gave a couple of wonderful plot twists to his story that I definitely didn't expect.
Not the Best Barnard Jun 27, 2007
One of the pleasures of reading a Robert Barnard mystery is his sly, moderately malicious and very funny social commentary on modern British life. In this book, however, his characterizations of the bad guys are really bitter and vicious, and his hero has no coherent motivation to pursue the course of conduct he does. That said, the depiction of children being evacuated from London to the country without their families is marvelous, and the writing is excellent, as usual. Fans of Barnard will want to read this book, but it is not a good introduction to his work for anyone else.
WOW Dec 26, 2006
This was the first Robert Barnard books that I purchased & read,. It was so good, tht over the years we have boght & read every one of his novels.We just started his lates Dying Flames. Mr. Barnard has such a fantastic writing style, you cannot put hia books down. We look forward to every one of his & Simon Brett's noverls as MUST reading material.
Ughh....ooooffff!!! ....YUCKITY-YUCK-YUCK!! May 5, 2006
Spleggheeetthhh.!!!!!...Yuck....did I say "terrible" already?? Sheez, this book is bad...I just don't know what came over me to even start reading it. What a sham of a plot...I think I read the same thing before in an old issue of TRUE magazine. G-yuckkk! Do yourself a favor...stick some needles in your eyes instead of reading this tripe.