In 1948 a ‘wolf-child’ is discovered in the forests of East Germany. The eight-year-old boy, answering to the name of Egon, appears to be the son of Peter von Lützow-Brüel, arrested five years previously, along with his wife, in the wake of the 1944 assassination plot that narrowly failed to kill Adolf Hitler.
Rescued from the woods by Richard Thurgo, an English relative leading a shady, underworld existence in post-war Hamburg, the boy is sent to England to be brought up by Richard’s brother, Alec. Yet beneath a growing veneer of sociability, the scars and nightmares of Egon’s wilderness years threaten to reclaim him.
Critical praise for Egon:
Times Literary Supplement: Egon, the third book in Carey Harrison’s quartet, To Liskeard, reinforces the impression given by Richard’s Feet and Cley of his comprehensive skills as a novelist. Egon, a self-contained story of the tragic harm caused by good intentions, is the most moving of the three.
The Daily Telegraph: Fairy tale and detective story, beautifully written, it is an exciting novel and most who read it will want to read the others and the one to come.
The Mail On Sunday: A hypnotic novel, very clever, very imaginative… breathtaking.
The London Times: Magnificent.
The Financial Times Both funny and tragic… set to become essential reading.