Author(s): Simon Tolkien
From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn't long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector's beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John's son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together - until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.
Praise for Simon Tolkien's work: 'Tolkien's writing is quietly impressive; his atmosphere of the blitzed capital superb.' The Times 'Tolkien has upped his game.' Publishers Weekly 'Half Christie and half Grisham.' Los Angeles Times 'A remarkably skillful novel, brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed.' Washington Post 'Tolkien's skill as a storyteller is worthy of notice in this taut, well-paced legal thriller.' Library Journal 'The twists keep coming until that last witness. Highly convincing debut.' People Magazine 'Fast-paced and with suspense to spare, [Tolkien's] debut shows admirable skill and depth and has a conclusion as surprising as it is satisfying.' Dallas Morning News 'Tolkien's writing has a timeless quality [and] the haunting undertones of other great masters of mystery.' USA Today 'Part English cozy, part family saga, part courtroom drama, this genre-bending work of fiction is touching and enchanting.' Booklist starred review
Simon Tolkien was a successful Criminal Justice barrister in London specializing in serious crimes before moving to California with his wife and two children to take up writing full time. He has been acclaimed as a naturally gifted storyteller with a terrific command of language and a unique perception into the darker sides of human nature. The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, with whom he had a very special relationship, Simon Tolkien's writing is set firmly in this world.