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321 pages, Hardcover
First published March 22, 2011
"She had often thought of the early stages of an investigation as something akin to working on a tapestry; at times it was as if she were searching for loose threads so she could unpick the completed image to see what might lie underneath and how a certain play on light or color was achieved. As with a tapestry, some crimes proved to be true masterpieces of deception. And she knew from experience that when a life had been taken in an act of murder, there were few black and white places, only gray shadows in which the truth lingered--and truth sometimes held only a passing connection to fact."
"Already she knew of two people who had been touched by the book--touched enough, each in his own way, to lay down arms. One had lost his life, charged with desertion and shot at dawn; the other had risked the same outcome with a self-inflicted wound. One British, one German. How many more young men--and women--might have been moved to some action by Greville Liddicote's simple tale of children who tried to stop a war? And having read the story, how many might have chosen not to fight, brave enough to step forward in conscientious objection to the war--then borne the brutal consequences of that decision?"