Saturday, May 23, 2009

Brat Farrar

Brat Farrar, a mystery novel by Josephine Tey, was fascinating even though I knew who the title character was and what had happened very early on. That took none of the enjoyment out of it for me. I also enjoyed The Franchise Affair and will be picking up more of Tey's books as I come across them.

from the back of the book:
In this surprising tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerisms, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life. Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion.

NPR has an excerpt.

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