The Hampton Affair

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9780399144769: The Hampton Affair

The Philistines on both sides of the hedgerow come face to face in an irresistible tale of money and murder set in the Hamptons.

Like Caesar's Gaul, East Hampton is divided into three parts: south of the highway (oceanside), home of the landed gentry, the rich, and the famous; north of the highway, home of the longtime, year-round locals; and in between, where resides--who else?--the middle class. In The Hampton Affair, Vincent Lardo's smashing debut novel, these three worlds collide in a power struggle over land, family secrets, and the almighty dollar.

The Hampton Affair is told in three voices: by Michael Anthony Reo, very south of the highway, thanks to the age-old skill of marrying well; Galen Miller, very north of the highway, a descendant of original East End farmers; and detective Eddy Evans, very much in the middle, both literally and figuratively. Michael is desperately trying to save his marriage, which is tied to his wife's fortune. Galen is desperately trying to save his stake in the family farm, suddenly worth a million bucks, from the clutches of his conniving stepmother (who also happens to be his mistress). And in this version of North and South, Eddy has to solve the mystery of who did what to whom--and why--while trying to win the affections of the one young lady in town who seems to have all the answers. Only she's not talking.

Set in the Hamptons, playground of the rich, famous, and infamous, with a cast of charmingly devious and double-dealing characters, and a plot that pits the poor against the posh, The Hampton Affair is a bracing martini of a thriller.

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After a successful career in advertising and public relations, Vincent Lardo now lives in the Hamptons. He is the author of The Hampton Affair and The Hampton Connection, as well as McNally's Dilemma and McNally's Folly.

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A debut mystery, set in the Hamptons, in which the very rich and the very poor are seen as mutually explosive. Consider the case of young Galen Miller, for instance. Hes become so positively bedazzled by the glitter he confronts on a daily basis that its debased his value system, seduced him into believing there is no such thing as criminal behavior. To him, poverty is the only crime, and anything that works to fend it off is, therefore, justifiable. Even murder. As a result, Galen kills his conniving stepmother to keep her from cheating him out of his share of a million dollars. It's a nonexistent million, it turns out, a predictable delusion given the kind of fantasy world both Galen and his alcoholic father inhabit. Mark Barrett, head of those powerful East Hampton Barretts, easily leads the feckless pair astray, drastically overstating the potential value of the Millers' hardscrabble farm. Mark has his reasons, most of them acquisitiveas acquisitive as his reasons for paying court to Vicky, daughter of deceased billionaire Joseph Kirkpatrick. Never mind that Vicky is already married. Never mind that her husband Michael (a match for Mark in acquisitiveness) is on to his game. The thing is it's a game played by Hampton rules, which, it seems, are wildly permissiveextortion, perversion, and even murder all safely within boundsproviding the payoff is big enough. Lardo writes respectably, but his plotlines get tangled, his characters are mostly noxious, and who'd ever want to go near his Hamptons? -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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