This loopily unlikely tale is a bit like an old Warner Bros. gangster movie, if not so slick. In 1932, virginal 21-year-old Julie Allen, in her last year in a Swiss finishing school, is told of her father's death by a stranger who claims to be a family friend. According to Major "Uncle Bob" Roberts, British petroleum exec Allen has been killed by a robber near Allen's Epsom cottage. Julie soon learns of her father's other life as Eddie Armitage, U.S. and U.K. crime biggie, who for a decade has stolen $2,000,000 a year from "the Association." Armitage's American cohorts want the money back and so they plant a keeper on Julie, leaving readers to guess whether he is the American Oxonian Teddy, "Uncle Bob" or self-styled Scotland Yard man Baldwin. In short order Julie marries Teddy, sails to New York, leads a bloody gang war, returns to Europe, finds the money then loses it, but still ends up rich with Mr. Right. Anachronisms and garrulous, coy hesitations abound, and less length would have made for more fun. Gray wrote Victoria's Walk and White Rani.
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Book Description New York : St. Martin's Press, 1988, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1st edition; 1st printing ; author's 3rd novel ; 337 pp. ; 22 cm. ; ISBN: 0312026536; 9780312026530 LCCN: 88-29878 ; OCLC: 18558772 ; "Twenty-one-year-old Julie Allen is the novel's heroine and naif, educated in a Swiss boarding school, motherless , and entirely ignorant of her father's other life as the kingpin of the Association--until she's called home to London to identify his body at the morgue. He's been murdered by his underworld cohorts because he's had his hand in the till--to the tune of 20 million. Too many people turn up to help Julie, including Major Roberts (or Uncle Bob)--who claims to be an old friend of her father's--and young Teddy Longman, an American student who happened upon Papa Allen's body while walking on the moors. Both try to ensnare her with kisses, but she falls for Teddy, and marries him just as she begins to learn the truth about her father." -Kirkus Reports ; FINE/VG. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 700