Days Without Numberby Robert Goddard
From internationally bestselling author Robert Goddard, a gripping thriller about a family descended from ancient Byzantium and the inheritance of a dangerous secret.
Days Without Number, now published for the first time in the United States, is classic Robert Goddard: intricately plotted, richly detailed, and suspenseful to the very last page. Nick Paleologus, a coolly efficient Englishman, is summoned home to resolve a dispute that threatens to tear his family apart. His father, Michael, is a retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last emperors of Byzantium. Michael has received a hugely generous offer for the family estate in Cornwall but refuses to sell—and refuses to divulge why. Soon the stalemate between Nick’s siblings and their father is tragically broken, and only then do they discover why their father was bound to protect the house at all costs. Their desperate efforts to conceal the truth drag them into a deadly conflict with an unseen and unknown enemy. Before long, Nick realizes that the only chance they have of escaping their persecutor’s trap is to hunt this ruthless adversary down. But the search involves excavating a terrible secret from their father’s past. And once that secret is known, nothing will ever be the same again.
“Gripping . . . woven together with more twists than a country lane.” —Daily Mail (UK)
“An absorbing, contemporary thriller with a hint of mysticism. Highly recommended.” —Good Book Guide
“Fuses history with crime, guilty consciences and human fallibility in a way that makes his books an intelligent escapist delight.” —Times (UK)
“There has yet to be a Robert Goddard book I have read that did not stay one or more steps ahead of me in plotting and character development. It was that sense of delighted apprehension that I brought to reading Days Without Number, and I am pleased to report he did not let me down . . . The literary equivalent of a Russian doll puzzle. Secret upon secret is uncovered by Nick to the point where he begins to believe that nothing is so . . . Goddard has penned a real Byzantine-inspired head scratcher of a novel where the reader will become just as confused and frustrated as Nick is. This is yet another example of the author writing a novel that consistently keeps readers on their toes and challenges them to try and unravel the riddle he has put together before the protagonist does.” —Ray Palen, Bookreporter