Gerald A. Browne Stone 588

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Stone 588

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The theft of a mysterious octahedron crystal that had fallen into the hands of diamond merchant Phillip Springer, leads Springer on a desperate quest to reclaim the stone, which he believes can help his critically ill son

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No ordinary thriller this (by the author of the bestselling 19 Purchase Street and 11 Harrowhouse, but a story as scintillating as the octahedron crystal on which it focuses. A puzzle to gemologists, too flawed to interest top diamond dealers, Stone 588 has, nevertheless, remarkable healing power, a fact only gradually understood by its owner, New York diamond dealer Springerand then others. Springer, who wants to use it on his sick son, refuses fabulous sums for the Stone. When it's stolen, he organizes a heist of almost military proportions in an attempt to retrieve it. The magic gem comes into the hand of a depraved, multimillionaire female socialite, and the swirl of murder and trickery in which it involves its possessors or would-be possessors culminates in a frightening chase across the roof of St. Patrick's Cathedral. The story provides an intriguing inside view of the world's diamond trade, and a tingle for the spine on every page, while Browne uses his fine-cut prose to reveal the connections between greed and sexuality with what seems like uncanny precision. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild dual main selection.
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A stone that heals and a caper to retrieve it from a Fifth Avenue vault form the plot of a thriller by the author of 19 Purchase Street. Phillip Springer, a dealer in gems, learns that a lucky stone that had belonged to his late father has special powers. Stolen from Springer's safe, the stone is thought to be in the vault of a competitor. An ingenious caper to retrieve it is planned by Springer, his lover Audrey, and two professionals. They get away with millions of dollars worth of precious stones, but not the healing onewhich Springer wants for his cancer-ridden son. Murders, double and triple crosses, a chase across the roof of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and a confrontation involving the State Department ensue. The dialogue is lively, and the author keeps things moving, especially during the caper, but the healing stone factor may turn off some readers. Literary Guild dual main selection. Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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