The Blackmailer

The BlackmailerAnthony Lane Is Dead, A Casualty Of The Korean War, And At Home In England He Is Praised A Hero But Baldwin Reeves, Who Served With Him, Knows The Truth Lane, A Traitor And A Coward, Was Executed Ignominiously By His Own Men Envious Of The Wealth And Social Position Lane Possessed, Reeves Decides To Put His Knowledge To Good Use By Blackmailing His Widow Judith Anxious To Prevent A Scandal And Protect Lane S Elderly Mother From The Disclosure Of His Disgrace, Judith Seems To Be Wholly Into Reeves S Power But When The Blackmailer Finds Himself Falling In Love With His Victim, The Balance Of Power Shifts, And The Stage Is Set For An Ironic And Surprising Conclusion Darkly Humorous, With A Wonderfully Offbeat Cast Of Characters And Featuring The Distinguished Style For Which She Is Known, The Blackmailer 1958 Was The First Novel By Isabel Colegate, Author Of The Modern Classic The Shooting Party This Edition, The First In 30 Years, Includes A New Foreword By The Author. This is a good, but not fabulous debut novel I found the prose maybe slightly better than adequate The characters were real enough not flat, but also not quite fully developed It is quite short, and I think had she worked at it a bit , she might have found it worth giving us another 100 pages or so But then, maybe not I liked the premise of the storyline The GR description gives away too much of
Not as good as The Shooting Party but the novel still manages to hold it s own Already an adequate synopsis on offer Good atmosphere and well depicted secondary characters Well worth a look at. One of those novels that only the English can write, with a wry, unsentimental sophisticafion It s about a comically inept blackmailer whose victim, a young widow, turns out to be than his match The secondary characters are a lot of fun the dotty fam

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  • Paperback
  • 150 pages
  • The Blackmailer
  • Isabel Colegate
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9781941147221