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A Dangerous Fortune

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"Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murders and financial crises...old-fashioned entertainment!" -- "San Francisco Chronicle." In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves. . . From the exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy. . . men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation, will die. . . "Breathlessly plotted. . . relentlessly suspensenseful." -- "The New York Times." "Gripping, complex plot . . sexual intrigue. . . fascinating characters. . . you won't be able to put down this exciting page-turner!" -- "Lexington Herald-Leader."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 101.6 x 172.72 x 33.02mm | 226.8g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440217490
  • 9780440217497
  • 14,487

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In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves... From the exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy... men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation, will die...show more

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A terrific page-turner. "Los Angeles Times" Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises . . . old-fashioned entertainment. "San Francisco Chronicle" Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful. "The New York Times" Gripping, complex plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . fascinating characters . . . You won t be able to put down this exciting page-turner. "Lexington Herald-Leader""show more

About Ken Follett

Ken Follettburst into the book world withEye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone withThe Pillars of the Earthand its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestsellingFall of Giants, Winter of the World, andEdge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara."show more

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Praise for A Dangerous Fortune "A terrific page-turner." - Los Angeles Times"Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises . . . old-fashioned entertainment." - San Francisco Chronicle "Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful." - The New York Times "Gripping, complex plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . fascinating characters . . . You won't be able to put down this exciting page-turner." - Lexington Herald-Leader "Follett [builds] to a dramatic climax with the same masterful control that guided Eye of the Needle and The Pillars of the Earth ." - Playboy "I don't usually enjoy historical thrillers but admit to being totally captivated by Ken Follett's A Dangerous Fortune ." - Chicago Tribune "Highly entertaining . . . Follett's characters are drawn with broad, realistic strokes . . . this story of greed and retribution should win Follett new fans." - Publishers Weekly "Rich, complex, thrilling, suspenseful, well plotted . . . A Dangerous Fortune is dangerous reading. You won't be able to put it down." - Authors and Criticsshow more

Rating details

23,017 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 31% (7,080)
4 43% (9,804)
3 22% (5,066)
2 4% (858)
1 1% (209)

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My dad gave me this book to read, I hate getting recommendations from people because more often than not it's not worth my time following it up. He was adamant I read it and I did, I absolutely fell in love with it!! This story broke my heart... it also made me absolutely infuriated as well. The characters are unforgettable, the plot twists are beautifully executed and I could have imagined a smoother way to end a novel. A battle between bloodlines, a fight for power among deviousness and malice, this book is a wonderfully engrossing novel would highly recommend to those mature and non-squimish people :Dshow more
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