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TOUCHSTONE

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King, the celebrated author of a historical mystery series set in the 1910s and '20s, sets this stand-alone in 1926 England, the year of the General Strike. Brilliant characters and completely realized and masterful writing make this book impossible to put down. Intrigue, terrorism and people pushed to the edge combine until the suspense is unbearable.

Harris Stuyvesant of the U.S. Bureau of Investigation has come to England on the trail of a terrorist who's an explosion expert. For help he's led to Bennett Grey, who was wounded in the war and left with the mysterious power to see into the true character of an object or person. He's refused to be used for his gift and has fled to live in isolation in Cornwall.

Stuyvesant needs Grey to help him gain entry to a world of the rich and the radical. When Grey takes him to an ancient family house connected to a person Harris suspects might have information, he finds an eccentric aristocratic family, strong passions and deadly events. (BANTAM, Jan., 560 pp., $24.00)
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Page Traynor