A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune

Paperback - 1993
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A breathtaking thriller featuring "political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises" ( San Francisco Chronicle ), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Column of Fire

In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

From the exclusive men's clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die.

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 Critics
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell Pub., a division of Random House, ©1993
ISBN: 9780440217497
Branch Call Number: PB FIC FOL
Characteristics: 568 pages ; 18 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.

z1 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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