Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard

By Robert Goddard

It's a golden night of excessive summer season in July 1990. Robin Timariot has set out that morning on what he has deliberate as a six-day tramp alongside a part of Offa's Dyke. on the shut of his first day's stroll he encounters an  stylish middle-aged girl who turns out unusually misplaced one of the sheep and gorse of Hergest Ridge. They alternate just a couple of phrases of dialog, yet their speak is enigmatic -- and unforgettable. a couple of days later, on the finish of his stroll, Timariot returns domestic to benefit from the newspapers that, quite a few hours after their assembly, the girl, whose identify used to be Louise Paxton, was once raped after which murdered, besides an artist, Oscar Bantock, who lived close to by.A guy is quickly charged and convicted of the crime, yet a string of inexplicable occasions starts off to persuade Timariot -- and others -- that every one isn't really what it kind of feels. Timariot, interested by Louise Paxton's reminiscence, is drawn irresistibly into the complicated reasons and relationships of her friends and family, looking out opposed to his greater judgement for the key of what rather occurred at the day she died. The nearer he will get to the reality, the extra hideous and unsure it sort of feels to be. and much too past due he realizes that it could actually threaten many robust humans. lots in order that anyone who uncovers it really is not likely to be allowed to live.From the Paperback variation.

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It must have been near the mid-point of the ridge that I stopped simply to stare for a few minutes at the wide green world laid out before me. ” I started and looked round. A few yards away, a woman was sitting on a flat stone at the base of a ruined cairn. She was smiling, though whether at me or the scenery her dark glasses made it impossible to tell. Her blonde shoulder-length hair looked golden in the sunlight, though maybe there were some streaks of silver there as well. She wore a white blouse and tailored beige slacks, slender ankles showing above moccasin-style shoes.

Butterbur Lane was narrow and winding, climbing steeply across the south-eastern flank of Hergest Ridge until it petered out in the woods and pastures of Haywood Common. The last residence in the lane was Whistler’s Cot. Its owner was a well-known artist I’d never heard of called Oscar Kentigern Bantock, aged sixty according to the police and fifty-eight according to his Daily Telegraph obituarist. Bantock had bought the place about ten years before and had a studio built onto the rear of what would otherwise have been a two-up-two-down cottage.

If the police never followed up my message, I didn’t want to broadcast what I knew. But if they did contact me, Simon was going to remind me of any denial I uttered now. ” I prevaricated. “I don’t know. The local constabulary mob-handed. Flashing blue lights. That fluorescent red-and-white tape they rig up everywhere. Oh, and a helicopter. ” “Wrong day, Sime. ” He snorted in disappointment. ” “Oh, it’s no surprise. ” I shrugged. ” “No, thank Christ. ” I sat back and looked at him and decided, on an impulse, to test just how predictable he thought I was.

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