Farthing

Farthing

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One summer weekend in 1949--but not our 1949--the well-connected "Farthing set," a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.
Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married--happily--to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on the retreat's first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic.
It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him. Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and looking beyond the obvious.
As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out--a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.
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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006.
ISBN: 9780765314215
0765314215
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,22 cm.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 15, 2014

Fascinating in concept, if not in execution; the character of Lucy is particularly problematic, with her affectations left over from childhood (from "Macedonians" to still calling her parents Mummy and Daddy), and the alternate history is certainly stronger than the police procedural. Nevertheless, a chilling look at the razor's edge civilization walks.

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sulatton
Sep 08, 2012

Alternate history. This mystery is the first of three parts. Quite well written.

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gwinegarden
Oct 23, 2010

Could not get past the first two chapters.

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Daphne57
Jan 08, 2009

disturbing, 1st of three; a small mystery, murder & a really scary look at what might have been.

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