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Title: The Account
Publisher: Dove Books
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
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Julia Lang, heiress to her late husband Robert's fortune, is devastated to hear that his Swiss bank has denied the existence of his account and, in an effort to uncover the truth, hires an investigator to reveal her dead husband's past, but she is unable to foresee the horrors that lie ahead. Tour.From Kirkus Reviews:
A limp romantic thriller filled with the pricey trivialities of the most upper of the upper social crust, by British-born TV celebrity journalist Mann. Julia Lang runs the publicity department of London's on-the-rise Burlington Hotel. Between bouts with the hotel's reptilian director--a man who raped her when she was 17 and has unpleasantly reentered her life--and fights with her boyfriend, she falls in with the dashing, obscenely wealthy Robert Brand, one of those husky prime-time soap-opera tycoons who exerts the same mesmerizing effect over his lovers as he does over currency markets. Brand is married, but his wife is crazy, holed up in the couple's lavish Acapulco estate. She has evidently arranged the murder of Brand's last mistress. Besides meddling in her husband's affaires de coeur, Grace Brand is also determined to keep her hands on the Brand fortune, which she does by terrorizing Robert's Swiss banker, a former Nazi sympathizer with several skeletons in his own closets. When Julia tells Robert that she's pregnant, he's overjoyed, to the tune of a $20 million transfer to her account. It never goes through. Then Robert, having made the birth-to-be announcement, immediately falls victim to a fatal postcoital heart attack. Enter Guy Ravenel, a swashbuckling American operator who, in league with a Swiss bank investigator, pokes into Julia's case. What follows is familiar globetrotting, jet-setty nonsense. The author knows aspects of this world, but it all comes off sounding like a cross between Robin Leach and third-string le Carr‚. Finally, a whole Nazi subplot is crammed, summary-style, into the last 50 pages. Overloaded with witless plot swerves and a welter of clich‚s. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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