by Sukey HowardOctober, 1998
The brother angle doesn't become obvious until late in Barbara Vine's masterful mystery, The Chimney Sweeper's Boy (3 hours), masterfully read here by Michael Williams. As her loyal fans know, when Ruth Rendall writes as Barbara Vine you don't get cloak and dagger, rather you get finely crafted, slowly revealed observations on the human condition gone to extremes, more a how-did-it-happen than a whodunit the mystery is in penetrating the enigma of the mind. When well-known writer Gerald Candless dies, one of his grief-stricken daughters is asked to write a memoir about her beloved father. As she begins to collect background information, she finds that he was not the man he claimed to be, and as she peels away the layers of lies, she uncovers a past that no one suspected, a past her father could not bear to face.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.