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'From what is it they flee?'
He took a while to reply. By the time he spoke the men had gone inside. He said quietly, 'They killed the King.'
1660. Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Colonel William Goffe, cross the Atlantic. They are on the run and wanted for the murder of Charles I. Under the provisions of the Act of Oblivion, they have been found guilty in absentia of high treason.
In London, Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is tasked with tracking down the fugitives. He'll stop at nothing until the two men are brought to justice. A reward hangs over their heads - for their capture, dead or alive.
Act of Oblivion is an epic journey across continents, and a chase like no other. It is the thrilling new novel by Robert Harris.
'The king of the page-turning thriller' i Paper
'Harris's cleverness, judgment and eye for detail are second to none' Sunday Times
'Harris writes with a skill and ingenuity that few other novelists can match' Financial Times
'Harris is a master of historical fiction, a compelling author who brings to life the recent and ancient past' TLS
Harris (Munich) again turns a historical event into a canny page-turner. Following the restoration of the Stuart Dynasty to the throne of England, King Charles II and his court seek revenge for the execution of the monarch's father, Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649. The task of identifying and locating those involved falls to Richard Nayler, "one of those shadows who move, anonymous, along the private passages and through the council chambers of every nation in every age." Nayler has a personal grudge against his quarry; his wife died giving birth to their stillborn son after Cromwell's soldiers arrested him for participating in an illegal prayer service. After Nayler tracks down the death warrant ordering Charles I's beheading, he devotes himself to finding the 13 signatories still at large. The bulk of the narrative focuses on his Javert-like search for Edward Whalley and his son-in-law William Goffe. The fugitives live desperate lives in New England, constantly fearful of betrayal even from those who shelter them. Harris humanizes the hunter and the hunted, and brings to life an obscure chapter in colonial American history. This further burnishes Harris's reputation as a talented author of historical suspense. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment.
Historical thriller at its best
Robert Harris never ceases to deliver. Act of Oblivion is a well written roller coaster of historical thriller; accurate, full of facts and sufficient informed speculation to fill in the odd gap. Outstanding.