This remarkable novel introduces an exciting new voice in fiction. Ralph Vallone teases the mind with a suspense-filled story about a dead man's second chance to put his life in order - and to find out who murdered him. The result is a contemporary ghost tale, at once as shocking and delightful as Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H. F. Saint.Henry Somerset, one of the world's richest men, awakes one morning in his lavish country estate to discover that he is dead. He has left behind not only a fortress-like house, filled with secret rooms and hidden treasure, but a great deal of unfinished business. The fact that he can still interact with the living, through a remarkable means, gives him the chance to learn the truth about his beautiful blond wife, Harriet, his nephew Gustavo, and his loyal secretary and mistress, Susan. However, his plan to meddle in their lives requires an alter ego. For that he enters into the lonely life of wealthy financier E. C. Douglas, whose wife is dead, whose future is uncertain, and whose existence is about to be turned upside down by a spirit who is definitely no angel.But Henry Somerset's influence will have unforeseen consequences. While he can entangle E. C. Douglas in the remnants of his own life, he cannot stop him from repeating his own mistakes. Soon pieces of Henry Somerset's past create a chilling portrait of the man he used to be and reveal the violence and criminal schemes his vast wealth provoked. Now he knows what mission he must carry out from beyond the grave - a final large and very risky action from which there can be no return... but which may be the key to his salvation and the solution to a maddening mystery: How did he die?From its engagingly humorous opening to its explosive climax and poignant yet unexpected conclusion, Second Vision is an incredibly rich entertainment - a one-of-a-kind novel of passion, redemption, and the afterlife that establishes Ralph Vallone as a powerful new novelist.
- Hardback | 464 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 40.64mm | 771.1g
- 01 Aug 1994
- Dutton Books
- United States