By Ken Follett
In 1866, tragedy moves the unique Windfield institution while a tender pupil drowns in a mysterious twist of fate. His loss of life and its aftermath start up a spiraling circle of treachery that might span 3 a long time and entwine many lives.
From the particular men's golf equipment and brothels that cater to each darkish wish of London's higher category to the marvelous ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, one kin is splintered through a shared legacy. yet greed, fed via the stunning fact of a boy's dying, needs to be stopped, or the desires of a country will die.
Praise for A harmful Fortune
"A wonderful page-turner."--Los Angeles Times
"Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded homicide, and monetary crises . . . outdated entertainment."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful."--The long island Times
"Gripping, advanced plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . interesting characters . . . You won't manage to placed down this intriguing page-turner."--Lexington Herald-Leader
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Sam Hegg was a vile man: He drank, he was mean and foul-mouthed, and when he went to town, which was seventy miles away over dirt roads, he left Volner to keep working at the mine. Volner felt he was left behind because Sam Hegg didn't trust him not to run off and tell somebody about the mine. Volner stayed and worked for Sam Hegg for three years. Both of them were forever hoping that just a few feet more and they'd hit a pocket or a thick vein of pure gold. If they did, Volner was promised a third of the profits—enough to make him fabulously rich.
However, the characters in mainstream mysteries are gener ally more "textured"; hence, they demonstrate more facets of character than characters in genre novels. Like other mainstream novels, characters in mainstream mysteries are more like "real" people with "real" problems. Mainstream mystery novels will often have a subplot involving, say, an ex-wife or a problem child, that has nothing to do with the murder. Mainstream mysteries are stories about characters involved in the solving of a murder.
Didn't he say he had a brother in prison? Violence runs in families, they say. Volner's fears were born of greed and insecurity, and they were intense. One night Volner was coming back from chopping some firewood. Sam Hegg was sitting on a stump smoking his Creating a Murderer pipe, watching a beautiful sunset, having a taste of whisky. Volner came up behind him and whacked him in the head with his ax and killed him instantly. Volner buried the body, took the gold he found in Sam Hegg's stash, and concealed the mine with brush.