The Day of the Lie
By William Brodrick
The haunting, utterly magnificent new novel from the bestselling author of The Sixth Lamentation (a Richard & Judy selection) and A Whispered Name (winner of the CWA Gold Dagger).
They came for me in November nineteen fifty-one and took me to Mokotow prison.
Cambridge, the present day. And out of the past, a cry for help: Father Anselm, the brilliant Benedictine, receives a visit from an old friend with a dangerous story to tell - the story of a woman betrayed by time, fate, and someone close to her . . . someone still unknown.
As a young woman, Roza Mojeska was part of an underground resistance group in Communist Poland. But after her arrest, an agent of the secret police makes her a devil's bargain - and in the dark of a government prison, a terrible choice is made.
Now, fifty years later, Anselm is called upon to investigate both Roza's story and a mystery dating back to the early 1980s, in the icy grip of the Cold War. And as he peels back years of history, decades of secrets, a half-century of lies, he exposes a truth that victim and torturer would keep hidden...
William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960. Aged ten the family moved first to Australia and then Canada. He studied philosophy, theology and law, worked with homeless people in London, and then became a barrister, joining a set of chambers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is the author of six Father Anselm novels. The Sixth Lamentation, was a Richard and Judy Book Club Selection, A Whispered Name won the CWA Gold Dagger for 2009 and The Day of the Lie received the Granice Crime Fiction Award at the Krakow Book Fair in 2012 He is married with three children. The family live in Normandy, France.
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05 Apr 2012
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Extraordinarily moving: a thoughtful and extremely well written tale not only about the lengths to which an oppressive regime will go to protect itself from its people, but also about the unexpected burdens of freedom — Guardian
One of the best-constructed and fasted-paced thrillers I've read in ages — Readers' Digest
A brilliantly researched, powerful dark novel about hidden events during the Cold War and the courage of those determined to gain freedom for their country — Illawarra Mercury
Brodrick creates a human story, rich in plot, thoroughly researched and full of believable characters. This is my first Father Anselm novel; it won't be my last. — Herald Sun
A complex tale of betrayal — Courier Mail
A moving story of quiet heroism — Ballarat Courier
A complex, tightly written story about life in Poland after World War II . . . [an] intriguing portrayal of a fascinating, shadowy world where informers interact with their victims every day — Launceston Examiner