Brat Farrar Paperback – Sep 2 1997
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Brat Farrar has been carefully coached to assume the identity of Patrick Ashby, heir to the Ashby fortune who disappeared when he was 13. Just when it seems that Brat will pull off the deception, he discovers the truth about Patrick's disappearance, a dark secret that threatens to tear apart the family and jeopardize Brat's carefully laid plans. Called "the best of its kind" by the New Yorker, Josephine Tey's classic is a tale of unrelenting suspense and tension.
“Josephine Tey enjoys a category to herself, as a virtuoso in the spurious . . . the nature of the deception on this occasion is too good to give away.”
— New Statesman
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The Ashby family was shocked eight years earlier with the death of Bill and Nora Ashby in a plane crash which left the 5 children in the care of Bill's sister Bea, and then, shortly thereafter, shocked again with the disappearance and assumed suicide of the oldest, Simon's twin, Patrick. Now, just as plans are underway for celebrating Simon's 21st birthday, Bea is summoned to the offices of Cosset, Thring, and Noble in London with the news that Patrick has reappeared, not having committed suicide after all, but having left behind the intolerable loss and sadness of his parents death.Read more ›
That's not a spoiler, mind you. You'll learn as much on the back-cover blurb, and chapter 3 reveals the imposter in no uncertain terms as Brat Farrar, a foundling who grew up in an orphanage and spent much of his teen years exploring the American West. By the end of chapter 4, it doesn't take a whole lot of pondering to figure out 90% of what's really going on. It's just a matter of following along to see how it all plays out.
I know that sounds boring, but it's rather an enjoyable read. You can look at it as being slow-moving, or as having a leisurely pace. If you take the latter attitude, I think you'll have a better appreciation of the manner in which Tey examines Brat's moral struggles and unfolds the layers of mystery surrounding the Ashby family.
**Adapted from a Skullduggery review**
In addition to the suspense and the excellent characterizations, there is the extremely interesting background of English horse breeding and racing, which the Ashby fortunes are currently built upon.P>Yes, you can see some of the incidents coming ahead of time, but that's the way it is in real life. The author is honest with the reader in letting us know what is developing as the hero himself discovers it. Overall, this is a great read, an excellent novel of suspense.
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It is a very strange book by Josephine Tey. It is as usual entertaining, and moreover, the perpetrator turns out to be a nice and deserving person, but the main premise is not... Read morePublished on March 21 2014 by Hana
Josephine Tey excels at the twisted plot, the kind of story in which the unreal seems so real that not only are readers puzzled by the meaning of Truth, but even the characters in... Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by Peggy Vincent
This book is a true mystery classic, and it is written as only Tey can write them. I had seen a movie made from this story before I read the book. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Shirley Schwartz
I was recommended this book by a favorite teacher in high school, and it has remained my favorite mystery novel and one of my all-time favorite books in the decades since. Read morePublished on June 6 2002
ditto to the positive book reviews sent in. I love the (self-recorded) video of the TV show, but it is wearing out and I really would like to buy a commercial tape. Hans NeubergPublished on Dec 26 2001
The best evidence of the fine writing in this novel is a back cover blurb that gives away much of the plot, yet in no way diminishes the pleasure of reading the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001 by James Frohnhofer
I picked this book at the bookstore to while time away, and I'm very glad I didn't buy it. the outline of the plot was appealing but in the end it was mediocre. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2001
I first met Brat Farrar in the 1980's on the PBS Mystery! television show. I was completely hooked by Josephine Tey's superbly suspensful story set in the beautiful English... Read morePublished on May 21 2001