A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune

Book - 1993
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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... From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780385311212
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOL
Characteristics: 533 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 04, 2017

Then I thought great novel.
Now novel unusual that protagonist became a upstanding banker.
However, 19th century banking novel highlighted why banks had to be conservative & risk-adverse with despots running developing countries, robber barons, labor strikes & even revolutions.

Oct 04, 2016

The book did not capture my attention.

Jul 13, 2016

Could not get into this one

yongfoo Jun 02, 2013

Could not put it down- read the entire book well into the night. Ken Follett's writing skills are just amazing!

Mar 02, 2011

A Dangerous Fortune ----
by Ken Follett c - 1993 ----

Intrique/Thriller ----

A real good story ---- hard to leave alone. ----



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Mar 14, 2010

In 1866, a schoolboy drowns in a mysterious accident. Present are Hugh Pilaster and his older cousin Edward, the dissolute heir to a banking fortune and Micky Miranda, son of a brutal South American landowner. Caught in the ensuing maelstrom are sly matriarch Augusta Pilaster, rich heir Solly Greenbourne and slum girl Maisie Robinson. Micky Miranda uses blackmail and murder to advance his family and threatens the whole British economy.

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