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Into the Blue Paperback – January 31, 2006
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''A book that will push the edges of late night fatigue... had me utterly spellbound...cracking good entertainment."
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Harry Bennett, a professional failure, has to be one of the more depressing heroes of all time. He has no confidence, few social skills, and not one yearning desire to better himself. He glumly concludes he is not worthy of success. His stylistic sense is so poor; his rumpled appearance causes comment in even an average restaurant. The late Carroll O'Connor could play the part to perfection. On Harry's watch, the young and fragile Heather Mallender disappears while they are hiking up sinister Profitis Ilias Mountain in the Greek Isles. Predictably, Harry has petered out slightly below the summit and elects to wait for Heather to complete the climb. And that is the last he sees of Heather.
The rest of the novel recounts Harry's painstaking search for Heather. Harry is nothing if not persistent, and even his wrong turns forward his search. Nothing is quite as it seems, even Harry. Mr. Goddard has given us a story laced with irony. As in a previous Goddard novel "Caught in the Light," I had a good idea "who" was the main villain; I just had no idea "why." This is a finely crafted novel, and the characterizations are delightful. A very satisfying read.
Read "Into the Blue" and you'll find yourself ordering all Goddard's books - he's that good and that addictive.
These are only two of the several plot threads that textures this story and weaves it into compelling whole cloth. Goddard's writing invites you to walk in Harrys shoes as he attempts to utilize the one clue in his possession to solve a mystery whose pieces are scattered from Greece to England to Switzerland.
You may think you have the solution.....but don't be too sure!!
Known for his layered, circular plotting that always twists and turns down corners you never expected, Goddard is one of the masters of the genre. The atmosphere in Into the Blue is tense and creeping, as the past weaves into the present with fascinating consequences (something he does in many of his novels). The story has so many elements it's difficult to remember them all - jealousy, corruption, blackmail, deception, and betrayal all collide as Harry Barnett struggles to learn the truth, finding out there is much more behind Heather Mallender's disappearance than he could have ever suspected. I'll leave it at that, for fear of ruining any surprises.
I've always preferred mystery novels where the protagonist is not a policeman solving a case, but rather someone with a personal matter at stake, something he needs is desperately driving him forward. This tends to be the case with Goddard's novels, be it obsessed photographer Ian Jarrett from Caught in the Light, family man William Trenchard from Painting the Darkness (also a must-read, along with "In Pale Battalions"), or tough barfly Harry Barnett from this one. In some respects, Goddard shares some similarities to Hitchcock.
Into the Blue's pace may be a bit slower than your standard airport mass-market thriller, and yet it never bores you, sucking you into a fascinating mystery....and by the time you're halfway through, it just flies ahead full throttle as the puzzle's pattern begins to show. And yet, just when you think you've figured it all out, a few more revelations hit you out of nowhere...it ends with tremendously satisfying surprises!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goddard is an excellent writer, but the story does drag at times. Almost seems as if the book could have used an editor with a sharp pencil.Published 4 months ago by Brad
I know that Robert Goddard is immensely popular with Amazon readers - echoes of Daphne du Maurier, perhaps. Read morePublished 10 months ago by margaret rees
Quality of item less than as described - rather worn and somewhat frayed.Published 12 months ago by John H Francis
truly awful book. took me literally 3 years to finish it. i could only stomach 5-10 pages at a time. horribly slow, 8 bazillion red herrings, and story i never did invest in. Read morePublished 17 months ago by michael ryan