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Very Good. Harpercollins 1997 Light wear to cover, tight lightly tanned pages. ReviewMorris West, Australia's gift to popular literature, has the enviable ability to thrust readers into a compelling story with very few wasted words. By page four of this exciting and moving thriller, we know that Carl Strassberger is an artist and art historian living in the South of France; that he has given up (by choice) his role as heir apparent to the leader of a large New York banking firm in favor of his brilliant brother-in-law, Larry Lucas; and that just one phone call from his beloved father can send him running from his perfect life into a nightmare of madness and danger to himself and his family's business. West has always been fascinated with manic depression, and here he brings the condition to palpable life, making it a major character in a full of colorful people and places. Some of West's other novels available in paperback are: The Clowns of God, The Devil's Advocate, Harlequin, Lazarus, and The Lovers. From Carl Strassberger, the narrator of West's 26th novel, a psychological thriller, is erudite, quick-witted, acutely observantrather like his creator, one imagines, whose talent shows little sign of waning as he enters his 80th year. If Carl's storytelling is a welcome pleasure, however, the author's mission, for him, is not: he must track down his brother-in-law, Larry Lucas, who has disappeared after a series of intense negotiations, leaving behind his wife and children, as well as his director of the family banking business, Strassberger & Co., an affiliation that allows Carl to pursue the life of a wealthy artist. Carl discovers that Larry is a manic-depressive who may have endangered his life by engaging the services of an outfit, fronted by a travel agency, that promises to help anyone to vanish utterly into a new identity. Enlisting the aid of Strassberger & Co. 's security firm, Carl, traveling incognito, follows the trail to Italy and then Switzerland, where the tragic consequences of Larry's flight are manifested in a possible hostile takeover of the Strassberger corporation. The suspense occasionally wanders into melodrama, but West compensates with a series of empathetic characterizations that present Carl's artistic view of the world, as well as with an astute analysis of the dysfunctional family dynamic that contributed to Larry's disappearance. Moral wisdom and a mature appreciation of human ways and foibles hallmark this prime offering from a veteran. 1996.
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