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To mark five thousand years of civilization, China has commissioned master architect John Llewellyn to construct a building like no other—a three-thousand- foot-tall crescent of bronze, steel, and concrete, towering above the Hong Kong skyline. Its official name is the Fifth Millennium, but the city’s citizens have dubbed it the Gold Swan. It will be the eighth wonder of the world, a testament to China’s glory. And it may hold a fatal flaw that could bring it crashing to the ground before it is completed.
Llewellyn’s chief security man, ex-FBI agent Clay Williams, and young architect Anne Iverson suspect the impending disaster, and they are thrust into the deadly world of Chinese politics—where the truth is a lie, and lies are the only answers they can find. What they cannot know is that there are those in power who want the tower to fall, and with it, the very heart of one of the most powerful nations on earth. . . .
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James Stewart Thayer, a former attorney turned thriller writer who keeps getting better with every new novel, offers a provocative story about an extraordinary new Hong Kong tower--the Gold Swan of the title--whose success or failure will affect the geopolitical ambitions of the Chinese government and make or break the fortunes of architect John Llewellyn, a maverick in the Frank Gehry tradition whose one-time college roommate is now China's Premier. Meanwhile, former FBI agent Clay Williams, head of security for the project, is approached by intermediaries for a powerful Triad leader whose grandson's kidnapping seems linked to the imminent collapse of the Swan--as well as to the murder of Clay's father. Some readers may want to skim over Thayer's detailed description of the engineering challenges involved in the construction of such an innovative building, but they don't slow down the plot or get in the way of his deft characterizations, especially of Llewellyn. The Gold Swan is a slick, smart read. --Jane AdamsAbout the Author:
James Thayer is an attorney who now writes full time.
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Book Description Simon and Schuster. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1476702683
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 352 pages. 9.25x6.12x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1476702683
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1476702683