While investigating obnoxious media mogul Harold King, anticorruption columnist Julia Hamilton travels to Germany and runs into murder as she pieces together a deadly story rooted in World War II. 25,000 first printing. National ad/promo.
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Anthony's 33rd novel (The Doll's House, 1992, etc.) of romantic suspense offers a brace of powerful megalomaniacs, nice and not-so-nice lovers, assorted killers, and good guys sleuthing a hairsbreadth ahead of predators--all of it involving a journalist's dig into a WW II atrocity. Top-flight reporter Julia Hamilton is offered a job with British news titan Lord Western to head his new feature, ``Exposure,'' the object of which is to fry politicos and celebs in scandalous oils. This is Western's move to undercut his old enemy, tycoon Harold King. But Western gets more than he bargained for. With the help of editor Ben Harris (with whom love is aborning after Julia dumps her tiresome live-in), Julia early on discovers that King, n‚ Hans Koenig, was spinning out untruths about his origins and about being a poor WW II Polish refugee rescued by a nice English spinster who died of cancer. The woman's niece, a gentle widow of 70, tells the true story...and pays. It's all entangled with a story of mass murder in the desert. Meanwhile, vibes from the sleuthing have reached King--and a worried Western- -while a ``ferret-faced'' minor politician tunes into the sexual proclivities of King's adored daughter. There's a web of plotting, action, and damage control while a career killer stalks, and Julia sets up King to self-destruct. As always, Anthony has assembled a satisfying clutch of nasties who close in at the author's pro pace. Reliable. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Veteran thriller writer Anthony ( The Doll's House ) deftly introduces suspenseful intrigue on the very first page of her new novel and maintains the narrative tension throughout. Julia Hamilton is an aggressive journalist on a top London newspaper whose shrewdly manipulative editor and publisher, Sir William Western, has big plans for her. She is to head an investigative column called "Exposure," and her first target is the hugely successful communications tycoon Harold King. Ruthless, power-hungry and utterly corrupt, King has kept his private life and his unsavory past well concealed--with the help of a small band of hired killers. As Julia and her boss, Ben Harris (also her lover), travel through Germany and England delving into King's background, they are shaken by the brutal murder of a potential witness and become aware that they themselves are being stalked. Opposition to their insistent prying comes from an unexpected quarter when they discover that Western has his own secrets to protect. An impossibly larger-than-life villain and a saccharine portrait of Julia's family blunt the story's edges, but provocative entanglements and some sharply defined politicians and journalists who skirt the edges of decency sustain interest until the finale.
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