The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she’ll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer’s epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
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Von Christine Am hilfreichsten 13.07.2012
Teil 2 kommt an Teil 1 nicht hin
Tut mit leid, aber Alex Jennings ist einfach nicht Roger Allam! Ich finds sehr schade, dass es hier im 2. Teil der Clifton Chronicles einen Erzählerwechsel gegeben hat. Wenn man sich damit aber abgefunden hat und sich auch nicht daran stört, wie sehr Archer seine im Grunde nur wenigen Plot-Ideen in jedem seiner Bücher wieder aufgreift und (siehe Prison Diary) verwurstelt, ist es eine interessante, spannend, humorvoll und äußerst routiniert erzählte Story mit wie immer sehr plakativ gezeichneten Figuren. Von mir 4 Sterne.
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Von Amazon Kunde Am hilfreichsten 25.04.2018
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the Clifton Chronicles, but am undecided about this one. Had to skip forward more than once, because the story’s windings were just too irritating. The “good” characters’s actions are infuriatingly naive, whereas things always seem to fall in place for the “bad” characters. I’d classify the books as escapism literature, but there are too many frustrating chapters, which are certainly not conducive to escaping from our own day-to-day unpleasantries. That said, some chapters are a pleasure to listen to, especially when the oh-so-cliche villains do not feature. The speakers were good, although I did not care much for their American accents.
I had SUCH high hopes for this series (absolutely devoured most of the first book), but don’t think I will buy the next part. What a shame!