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The Good Liar

by Nicholas Searle

This will take you by surprise. Not necessarily every twist and turn. But enough of them to keep you on your toes. Here is a morality tale for our times - the villain is villainous and definitely needs to be caught. It starts off like 'The Sting' but then turns a lot darker, as you are slowly led into the betrayal of the Schroder family to the Gestapo. I couldn't put this book down - hoping that the villain would meet his deserved fate.

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Informality was out of the question. Roy's employer was His Lordship rather than Charles and appropriate deference was de rigeur. Nor would Roy have wanted it any differently. It was less complicated. There were moments of awkwardness, particularly when Stanbrook required Roy's presence with guests at Burnsford, but these occasions were relatively infrequent. The guests concerned would generally be aware of the reasons for Roy's presence, and his standing with his employer. There was, for Roy, little more than a need for care with words and actions, part of his professional repertoire. He found it relatively easy to circulate among these people.

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