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by Robert Barnard

  • Author: Robert Barnard
  • ISBN: 074908068X
  • ISBN13: 978-0749080686
  • ePub: 1326 kb | FB2: 1514 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scribner; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2008)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 883
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Robert Barnard (23 November 1936 – 19 September 2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer.

Robert Barnard (23 November 1936 – 19 September 2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer. In addition to over 40 books published under his own name, he also published four books under the pseudonym Bernard Bastable. Robert Barnard was born on 23 November 1936 at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. He was educated at the Colchester Royal Grammar School and at Balliol College, Oxford.

Filled with piercing wit and illuminating insight into the human condition, Robert Barnard's Last Post proves yet again that he is one of the great masters of mystery.

Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards

Все продавцы . Last Post: A Novel of Suspense. Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing.

Last Post: A Novel of Suspense. Filled with piercing wit and illuminating insight into the human condition, Robert Barnard's Last Post proves yet again that he is one of the great masters of mystery. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: ScribnerReleased: Nov 6, 2012ISBN: 9781416560470Format: book. Related Podcast Episodes.

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Robert Barnard has long written mystery novels that are almost better as novels than as mysteries. Here he does both superbly

A mysterious envelope arrives on Eve McNabb's doorstep soon after she has buried her mother, a woman who kept many secrets. Robert Barnard has long written mystery novels that are almost better as novels than as mysteries. Here he does both superbly. He continues to push the mystery form beyond genre boundaries. Instead of the usual Agatha-Christie style Cozy Mystery, with its set characters, all equally under suspicion, Barnard here goes more toward the Raymond Chandler mode.

Last Post Audio CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged. by Robert Barnard (Author), Anne Dover (Reader).

With only a blurred postmark for a clue, Eve sets out to locate the writer and journey into her own past.

When respected local headmistress May McNabb retired, her daughter Eve thought they would finally have the time to become close again, but within months May had died from the cancer she had kept secret from Eve. Clearing her mother's papers, Eve finds a letter, and reading its contents she realises there was a part of May's life which would have shocked her family and community had it ever become known. Eve's search for the writer behind the potent letter leads her from the streets of Glasgow to the shores of Australia, and she learns that disturbing, long-held secrets can have deadly consequences...
romrom
Robert Barnard, age 71, is one of the cleverest and best of Britain's mystery writers, and he is now out with his fortieth entry. Eve's mother has just died and the mother seems to have had secrets in her past, and is her father really dead as her mother had told her? The story involves alternative lifestyles and interracial love affairs. A frequent reader and aficionado of Barnard's work, I get the feeling that he could toss off these works in his sleep. They seem effortless and are so smoothly fashioned that they make for easy reading. They are uncomplicated, straightforward narratives.
He always has a flock of interesting characters, many of them venal, sly, misleading, and mean-spirited. He likes to delve into the "cherished hatreds" of older people. He likes oddballs and eccentrics. As he and Ruth Rendell get older, they seem to fasten more on the psychology of seniors. He loves British pubs, tea time, and through his books one gains insights into British society, politics, class and caste, and social mores. Buy a bloke a couple of pints, and you may get more than you bargained for.
A good scene: For information Eve is priming two of her dad's old friends with pints of bitter and pub grub. One of the informants skedaddles after two pints; Eve finds him cagey and slimy.
One moral that Barnard espouses in his surprise endings (real twists) is that what conventionally are thought of as human frailties, weaknesses, and flaws will come out in the end no matter what. Wit, satire, irony, and humor are never far from Barnard's mind.
This book is a series of character studies: people can lead secret lives, and sometimes too much probing can lead to unhappiness, disappointments and the incitement of murder.
IWAS
Barnard is a terrific mystery writer - had not seen this one before. Many twists and turns and final kicker. Very well done with issues related to lesbianism and control. Highly recommended
Геракл
Another great Barnard thriller.
Zyniam
I've never read one of his books without enjoying it. He's one of my favorite authors. The books are unusual, clever, and literate. You never know what plot he's going to come up with. You can't go wrong with this.
monotronik
A good read.
Nuliax
As others have said, I am a fan of Robert Barnard and count many of his novels high in the firmament of mystery stars. However, this is an inferior work and I would hate for anyone new to this author to use this novel as a representativer sample of his other works. It just misses - is it weak characters, contrived plot elements. Basically, it is everything. Everyone makes mustakes. Robert, this is your mulligan.
Darksinger
In Robert Barnard's "Last Post," teacher and headmistress May McNabb dies at the age of sixty-seven after succumbing to breast cancer. Until her retirement, May had been a beloved and much respected figure at the Blackfield Road Primary School in Crossley. May lived alone, but she enjoyed a cordial relationship with her grown daughter, Eve. The two women got together on weekends and they communicated regularly by telephone and mail. While going through her late mother's post (most of them brief condolence notes addressed to her), Eve picks up an envelope with no return address. A woman named Jean, who obviously has no idea that May has died, writes "We were the most wonderful pair, May; two people who had to come together because physically and mentally, we made a complete whole...." Eve is shocked to learn that her mother may have had a romantic relationship with a woman. Suddenly, Eve is not so sure that she really knew her mother. What other secrets had May been keeping from her?

Eve wonders why May revealed so little about Eve's father, John, other than telling her that he died. After thinking things over, Eve decides to spend some time learning more about May and John. She investigates her father's professional life (he was a newspaper cartoonist) and speaks to several of her late mother's colleagues to get more insight into her personality. In the course of her inquiries, Eve encounters Detective Constable Omkar Rani, a married man nine years her junior, to whom she is instantly attracted. She also discovers that May had purposely withheld vital information from her. Eve's curiosity has unintended consequences; stirring up facts and feelings from long ago leads to murder.

"Last Post" is talky and not particularly exciting or suspenseful. Nevertheless, it is an engrossing work of psychological fiction in which Barnard explores a number of themes: How important are family ties to our happiness and our sense of identity? Under what circumstances might it better not to uncover details from the past? Why do some people decide to "live a lie"? By the time Eve finishes navigating the muddy waters of her parents' marriage, she is shocked to learn how easily we can be deceived by those we trust.
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