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By Robert Goddard

The recent race-against-the-clock mystery from the grasp of the triple cross.
Not all scars are noticeable. Jonathan Kellaway wishes no reminding of that at the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins. the corporate has left its mark in pits and break lots around the globe. however it has additionally left a no much less enduring mark on a few of those that have labored for it, Kellaway integrated. Its previous, in addition to its destiny, is a treacherous place.
So Kellaway is shocked while IK's founder and previous chairman, Greville Lashley, units him a last job earlier than he quits. the educational employed via the board to put in writing the company's background has came across a niche protecting numerous years within the documents of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley began with and the place Kellaway additionally begun his occupation. he's sent to Cornwall to profit what has turn into of the lacking documents.
But the hunt is a voyage into risky waters. A useless pal, a misplaced lover and a seize of mysteries from Kellaway's early life in Cornwall and Italy within the overdue Nineteen Sixties get back to hang-out him -- and to tempt him with the wish that he may possibly eventually study the reality in regards to the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted these years. it's a fact that has claimed numerous sufferers ahead of. If he pursues it long and hard adequate, he could basically upload himself to the list.
But pursue it he needs to. as the fact, he belatedly realizes, is the key that has ate up his existence. This time -- this final time -- he'll now not cease. until eventually he has stumbled on it.

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I don’t wish you to be shocked if he says something nasty approximately Greville over dinner. ’ ‘I’ll test to not be. households, howdy? ’ ‘Exactly … truly, Greville’s doing the easiest he can for the relations with this deal. Wren’s has no destiny as an self sufficient enterprise. ’ Says who? I puzzled. every body other than unworldly exaggeration-prone Great-Aunt Harriet, i thought. ‘Uncle Francis is aware it’s accomplished. yet he may perhaps nonetheless are looking to enable off a few steam. ’ ‘Thanks for caution me. i believe I’ll have the capacity to cope. ’ ‘Yes. ’ She studied me for a disarming second. ‘I imagine you are going to, too. ’ 5 I LAY conscious for an hour or extra that evening agonizing over the location I’d placed myself in. Oliver used to be as much as whatever. I knew that a lot for convinced. If I informed Vivien what I knew, she’d be thankful. it might probably even draw us nearer jointly. yet Oliver could rightly consider betrayed. I couldn’t are expecting how he’d react. and that i didn’t are looking to betray him, besides. by means of the subsequent morning, I’d made up our minds what to do. I’d say not anything to Vivien until eventually I’d given Oliver reasonable caution. after we met on Wednesday, I’d placed it to him that his sister was once anxious approximately him and so used to be I; that I hadn’t preferred how tricky it were for him to get over the surprise of his father’s loss of life; and that until he instructed me what he was once after in Wren’s documents I’d need to permit Vivien be aware of he used to be definitely after whatever. that also left me dedicated to placing the query Oliver had ready for me to his great-uncle on Tuesday evening. yet taken at face worth it was once an blameless enquiry. and that i was once to work out what influence it had. The extra i found in regards to the Wren kin, the higher I understood Vivien. And the higher I understood her … I anticipated Monday to be quiet and uneventful. yet because the shut of the former operating week I’d ceased to be simply one other nameless transitority worker and develop into, as i used to be almost immediately to appreciate, anyone Greville Lashley had determined he had to take the degree of. It was once pushing in the direction of midday within the money owed part, the ambience composed of equivalent elements airborne dirt and dust, cigarette smoke and lethargy, while Maurice Rowe took an inner name that introduced a scowl to his unlovely face. ‘Mr Kellaway,’ he barked around the room at me after banging the telephone down, ‘get your self as much as Mr Lashley’s workplace. ’ (He may by no means more often than not have addressed me as Mr Kellaway. It was once a yes signal that he seen the summoning of menials lower than his cost to the boss’s area as deeply suspicious. ) ‘Mr Lashley … desires to see me? ’ I requested incredulously. ‘Evidently. ’ ‘But … why? ’ ‘Ours to not cause, boy. minimize alongside. ’ I reduce. ‘Go on in,’ stated Joan Winkworth while I arrived. My hesitant knock on the door of the interior workplace acquired no resolution, yet Joan nodded for me to continue, so on I went. The dealing with director’s workplace doubled because the boardroom, accommodating an extended polished convention desk missed by way of framed images of scenes from Wren’s company prior: employees filling clay sacks on the Charlestown dry; a clay send with sails rigged nosing out of the dock; a digging gang posing for the digital camera, shovels in hand, in a brand new pit; a Wren’s lorry loaded with young children on a Sunday college day trip; and outdated Walter Wren, whiskered, waistcoated and in simple terms middle-aged, shaking palms with the Prince of Wales it slow prior to the 1st international struggle.

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