An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey's wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead: his wives, his business associates, his current mistress, the underprivileged teenagers he mentored-any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon St. James find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. In order to bring this person to justice, the St. James must delve into Guernsey's dark history-both past and present-and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all. In A Place of Hiding, bestselling novelist Elizabeth George marks new territory in the darker landscapes of human relationships. She tells a gripping, suspenseful story of betrayal and devotion, war and remembrance, love and loss...and the higher truths to which we must all ultimately answer.
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by Elizabeth George
"Everyone on Guernsey, one of the English Channel Islands, has something to hide. At least, it seems that way to Simon and Deborah St. James when they visit the island to help an old American friend of Deborah's who hasbeen accused of murder. In the latest of her bestselling mystery series, Elizabeth George probes the limits of love and guilt, and may probe the limit of some readers' patience, for this is a rambling tale. Donada Peters is a pro who sticks with every twist and turn. The Guernsey characters exhibit a revealing range of voices, her version of Simon sounds accessibly highbrow, and her Deborah is ever so subtly the insecure whiner that she is (book by book) revealing herself to be. Only the American accents don't work, although Peters delineates their characters expertly. A fine job. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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