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By Ken Follett

In 1866, tragedy moves the specific Windfield tuition while a tender scholar drowns in a mysterious coincidence. His dying and its aftermath begin a spiraling circle of treachery that might span 3 many years and entwine many lives.
 
From the specific men’s golf equipment and brothels that cater to each darkish wish of London’s higher classification to the fantastic ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family members is splintered by means of a shared legacy. yet greed, fed by means of the stunning fact of a boy’s loss of life, has to be stopped, or the desires of a country will die.
 
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“A incredible page-turner.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded homicide, and fiscal crises . . . outdated entertainment.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful.”The ny Times
 
“Gripping, advanced plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . interesting characters . . . You won’t have the ability to positioned down this intriguing page-turner.”Lexington Herald-Leader

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They've got taken her to Paris until eventually the top of the London Season, after which they visit Yorkshire. it's no good—she now not cares for you. Sorry— Jane. 2 THE ARGYLL ROOMS have been the most well-liked position of leisure in London, yet Hugh had by no means been there. it is going to by no means have happened to Hugh to go to the sort of position: even though no longer really a brothel, it had a low acceptance. in spite of the fact that, a number of days after Florence Stalworthy eventually rejected him, Edward casually invited him to affix him and Micky for an evening’s debauchery, and he authorised. Hugh didn't spend a lot time along with his cousin. Edward had consistently been spoiled rotten, a bully and a slacker who acquired others to do his paintings. Hugh had some time past been forged within the function of black sheep of the kinfolk, following in his father’s footsteps. Edward and he had little in universal. yet regardless of that Hugh determined to attempt the pleasures of dissipation. Low dives and unfastened girls have been a lifestyle for millions of upper-class Englishmen. possibly they knew most sensible: might be this, instead of real love, was once how you can happiness. in reality he used to be uncertain no matter if he had really been in love with Florence. He was once offended that her mom and dad had became her opposed to him, much more so as the cause was once a depraved falsehood approximately his father. yet he came upon, a bit of shamefully, that he was once no longer heartbroken. He considered Florence usually, yet however he persisted to sleep good, devour heartily, and focus on his paintings easily. Did that suggest he had by no means enjoyed her? the lady he cherished most sensible within the entire global, except his six-year-old sister Dotty, used to be Rachel Bodwin, and he had toyed with the belief of marrying her was once that love? He didn't comprehend. maybe he used to be too younger to appreciate love. or even it easily had no longer occurred to him but. The Argyll Rooms have been round the corner to a church in nice Windmill road, simply off Piccadilly Circus. Edward paid a shilling admission for every of them and so they went within. They wore night gown: black tailcoats with silk lapels, black trousers with silk braid, low-cut white waistcoats, white shirts and white bow ties. Edward’s swimsuit used to be new and costly; Micky’s particularly more affordable, yet fashionably lower; and Hugh’s had belonged to his father. The ballroom used to be an extravagantly gas-lit enviornment, with large gilt mirrors intensifying the bright gentle. The dance flooring used to be crowded with undefined, and in the back of an problematic gold trelliswork display a half-concealed orchestra used to be taking part in a full of life polka. a few of the males wore night gown, an indication that they have been upper-class humans going slumming; yet so much wore first rate black daylight hours matches, selecting them as clerks and small businessmen. Above the ballroom used to be a shadowed gallery. Edward pointed to it and acknowledged to Hugh: “If you're making neighbors with a dollymop, you could pay one other shilling and take her up there: plush seats, dim lighting, and blind waiters. ” Hugh felt dazzled, not only by way of the lighting yet by means of the chances. throughout him have been women who had come the following for the only goal of flirting!

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