Teenager sees there’s more to in­her­i­tance when el­dest re­turns

Cape Times - - LIFESTYLE - THE BELT­ING IN­HER­I­TANCE Ju­lian Sy­mons Loot.co.za (R167) BRITISIH LI­BRARY

THE re­turn of the prodi­gal, un­wel­comed by all ex­cept a dot­ing par­ent, is a fa­mil­iar theme in crime fic­tion.

Here, the elder son, long as­sumed dead, reap­pears to claim the lion’s share of the fam­ily in­her­i­tance.

Is David Wain­wright the gen­uine ar­ti­cle or, as his two broth­ers be­lieve, an im­poster who has ac­quired in­sider knowl­edge of those he claims to be his near­est and dear­est?

The story is told by a young teenager adopted by the Wain­wrights. With an in­quir­ing mind and strong in­tel­li­gence, Christo­pher Bar­ring­ton sets out to dis­cover the truth.

A mur­der in the house­hold deep­ens the mys­tery, as do hints from the po­lice that there is more at stake than a dis­puted in­her­i­tance.

One of the finest crime writ­ers, Sy­mons has an eye for so­cial quirks that add to the ten­sion. |

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