What if a childless man in his forties discovers that he has a daughter, the result of an affair twenty-five years earlier? What if the daughter is pregnant? And what if she’s on the run for murder? James wasn’t much more than a child when he had an affair with Lily. Now, 24 years later, Lily confesses to James that their affair led to a daughter, Kate. And Kate desperately needs her father’s help, because she is wanted for murder. Yet there is no room for murder in James’s life–he has a wife, a good job, and a nice house in the country. Kate comes crashing into his world, and lights the fuse under his ordered life. Because James has also been keeping a secret–a very dark and deadly one.A Stain on the Silence is Andrew Taylor at his suspenseful, page-turning best.

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"It's the high level of emotional literacy, coupled with Taylor's beautifully controlled style, that makes this book a page-turning, one-sitting read from a master of psychological suspense."—Laura Wilson, Time Out
"A beautifully constructed novel, one of Taylor's best."—Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail
"The story displays Taylor's usual skilful plotting and characterization as it moves between past and present, gradually exposing long-hidden secrets."—Sunday Telegraph
"Taylor is brilliant at capturing teenage angst . . . he excels not only in narrative control, but in depth of characterization."—Jane Jakeman, Independent
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