The Lost and the Blind

Severn House Publishers Ltd
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A mystery in modern-day rural Ireland may have roots in World War II, in this thriller by a “fine dramatic writer and storyteller” (Booklist).
 
The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was either senile or desperate for attention. Why else would he concoct a tale of Nazi atrocity on the remote island of Delphi, off the coast of Donegal? And why now, sixty years after the event, just when Irish-American billionaire Shay Govern has tendered for a gold prospecting license in Lough Swilly?
 
Journalist Tom Noone doesn’t want to know. With his young daughter Emily to provide for, and a new ghostwriting commission for Shay Govern’s biography, the timing is all wrong. Besides, can it be mere coincidence that Karl Uxkull’s tale bears an uncanny resemblance to a thriller written by spy novelist Sebastian Devereaux, the reclusive English author who has spent the past fifty years holed up on Delphi?
 
But when a body is discovered drowned, Tom and Emily find themselves running for their lives in pursuit of the truth that is their only hope of survival.
 
“Burke has a real knack for dialogue and phrasing.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Readers . . . will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box.” —Kirkus Reviews
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About the author

Born in Sligo, Ireland, Declan Burke now lives in Co Wicklow. A freelance writer and journalist, his novels have been described as 'Irish screwball noir.' He is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, Irish Times and the Sunday Independent, and hosts a website devoted to crime fiction called Crime Always Pays. In 2012, he won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award with ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL.

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Publisher
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Published on
Apr 1, 2015
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781780106151
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / World War II
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Noir
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