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Published 1986 by Robert Hale
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|This remarkable first novel from Robert Goddard is compulsive reading. With echoes of John Fowles' The Magus, the compelling narrative style and labyrinthine plot make Past Caring an extraordinary achievement.
Martin Radford, history graduate, disaffected and unemployed, jumps at the chance to visit Madeira at the invitation of an old university friend who is running the local English language newspaper. Luck continues to run for him when he is offered a lucrative commission to research the mysterious resignation and subsequent obscure retirement on Madeira of Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Strafford. However, his investigation triggers a bizarre and inevitably violent train of events which remorselessly entangles him and those who believed they had escaped the spectre of crimes long past but never paid for.