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Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard

Long Time Coming (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Robert Goddard

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Title:Long Time Coming
Authors:Robert Goddard
Info:Transworld Publishers : London
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Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard (2010)

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Stephen Swan's uncle Eldritch has suddenly shown up after 36 years in prison in Ireland. No one knows for sure why Eldritch was imprisoned and Eldritch isn't saying.

Then, one day a lawyer shows up on the doorstep with an offer for Eldritch - one he can't ignore. Suddenly Stephen finds himself in the middle of political intrigue, art theft and diamond smuggling...with a few murders thrown in.

Rating: 4 stars ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 19, 2017 |
Robert Goddard is the master of complex plots with lots of twists and turns, surprise endings and plenty of interesting history mixed in. This book takes us to England, Ireland and Belgium. The chapters switch back and forth from 1940 to 1976. Eldritch Swan was in an Irish prison for 36 years and his nephew, Stephen Swan, has been asked to help Eldritch repair the wrongs from the past which include forged Picassos, IRA terrorists and lots of secrets. It's a tale of revenge, redemption and justice which keeps you riveted and pages flying until the very end. I am now looking forward to reading the rest of my Goddard books, as he is one of my favorite writers. I would highly recommend his books to those who love well-written mystery books with lots of intrigue. ( )
  EadieB | Feb 18, 2017 |
What do you say? Robert Goddard is the master story teller, he paints a picture and takes you there, unravelling the story one layer at a time rather like the layers of an onion. He is one of my favourite authors and has never let me down, and this is one of his best stories. This book is filled with intrigue, betrayal, espionage, political machinations and a mystery element that is not revealed until the end. What more could you want? What are you waiting for? Read this book! You will not be disappointed. ❤️ ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Feb 13, 2017 |
[Long Time Coming] by Robert Goddard
4.5 stars

From The Book:
Stephen Swan is amazed when he hears that the uncle he thought had been killed in the Blitz is actually alive. For nearly four decades, Eldritch Swan has been locked away in an Irish prison and now, at last, has been released. Shocked and suspicious, Stephen listens to the old man’s story and is caught up in a tale that begins at the dawn of World War II, when Eldritch worked for an Antwerp diamond dealer with a trove of Picassos—highly valuable paintings that later disappeared. Stephen, who finds his uncle by turns devious, charming, and brazen, then meets Rachel Banner, a beautiful American who may have inherited the Picassos—and is determined to see justice done for her family. But in this tale of revenge and redemption, justice is the ultimate illusion. Eldritch, Stephen, and the woman Stephen has fallen in love with soon find themselves fighting for their lives—against sinister forces still guarding a secret that must never be revealed.

My Thoughts:
A stolen trove of Picasso paintings and a bit of Irish history... that in a nutshell is what Robert Goddard's standalone novel [A Long Time Coming] is comprised of.

It's 1976. Eldrich Swan has been released from a Irish prison after 36 years imprisonment. He returns to England and is recruited to recover the Picasso's which is currently the property of an American tycoon and on exhibition at the Royal Academy of London. His nephew Stephen and the granddaughter of a Jewish diamond merchant... his former employer and owner of the art... help in the recovery. The paintings had been stolen from a vault of a London art dealer in the early days of World War II.

Like most of Goddard's novels, there is yet another story at the heart of this one also. It's the dawn of World War II and the neutrality of Ireland featuring some real-life characters. Eamon de Valera...a hero of the Easter Uprising of 1916... is Tsoiseach of the Irish Republic having served as early President of the Irish Free State. It's June , 1940 and Malcolm MacDonald of the British Legation is in Dublin to try and persuade Eamon de Valera and Ireland to join the war effort. Also in Dublin is the fictional Eldrich Swan searching for a master forger named Desmond Quilligan.

Goddard takes the reader back-and-forth from 1940 Dublin to 1976... and then to Belgium where the matter of the stolen art is finally resolved. It was another truly fascinating Robert Goddard adventure. ( )
  Carol420 | Feb 13, 2017 |
I want to start out by saying this is my first Robert Goddard read and I was totally blown away by this book. The setting switches between 1940 and 1976 in Europe, primarily in London, Belgium, and Ireland. I like to look up facts about places and events mentioned and this book is loaded with those.

The story begins with an old man named Eldritch Swan being released from a prison in Ireland after 36 years. He shows up at the door of the only family he has left, his nephew Stephen and his sister-in-law, Stephen's mother. Stephen Swan had been told his whole life his uncle was killed by the Germans in a London air raid in 1940. So when he shows up alive he wonders what is going on??

Stephen soon finds out he is not going to get many answers from his uncle. As his uncle claims it was part of his prison release that he never disclose why he was imprisoned all those years. Naturally Stephen is leery of his long lost (dead?) Uncle Eldritch.

So through many twists and turns the story goes...trying to find out what really happened to Uncle Eldritch all those years ago and why it still has to be such a secret now. The author did a great job of drawing you in right off the bat and wanting you to keep reading. This was a hard book to put down at night. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a good mystery mixed with some historical fiction. ( )
  LadyJ71 | Feb 8, 2017 |
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Robert Goddard is a consummate storyteller who constructs a narrative with the sleight-of-hand skills of a pickpocket. That special talent for manipulation is itself the theme of LONG TIME COMING, a titillating portrait of a charming con man who is outmaneuvered in one historical period and gets his revenge, nearly four decades later, by working that old black magic on his own nephew.

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From The New York Times: Robert Goddard is a consummate storyteller who constructs a narrative with the sleight-of-hand skills of a pickpocket. That special talent for manipulation is itself the theme of Long Time Coming, a titillating portrait of a charming con man who is outmaneuvered in one historical period and gets his revenge, nearly four decades later, by working that old black magic on his own nephew.
Eldritch Swan, who was mixed up in an art theft executed under cover of the London blitz, spent 36 years in an Irish prison for a more serious political crime of which he refuses to speak. Released in 1976, he talks his nephew, Stephen, into finding evidence to establish the true provenance of those now famous paintings. But is that the only thing behind Eldritch’s elaborate subterfuges? And what are we to make of Stephen, who seems to have inherited both his uncle’s arrogance and his skill as a con artist? In the end, it’s a pleasure to have been strung along by such a master of the art.

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This is a tale of revenge and redemption, justice is the ultimate illusion. Stephen Swan follows the tale of his long-imprisoned uncle about stolen paintings that disappeared.

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