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The Legacy: A Novel

Frey, Stephen W.

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ISBN 10: 0525942076 / ISBN 13: 9780525942078
Published by Dutton Adult, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0525942076 296p. Stated first printing with matching number line. Jacket is inside a protective mylar cover and appears to have only very light edgewear. Boards are bumped to corners, light edgewear to spine area. Signed by author on title page. Pages are clean and bright. Sound binding. First Printing. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4 in - 9 3/4 in Tall. Year: 1998. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-061404

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Title: The Legacy: A Novel

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Often compared to John Grisham and Tom Clancy, the author of the New York Times best-seller, The Takeover, delivers a thriller about an investment banker who uncovers a lost film of John F. Kennedy's assassination. 40,000 first printing.


The central feature of this Stephen Frey novel is a fascination with the Kennedy assassination and the answer that conspiracy junkies have long believed: that the United States government has been involved in covering up the existence of a second gunman ever since that fateful day in November 1963. In Frey's world, while the government was not responsible for the assassination, the belief that evidence of a conspiracy would have pushed the Cold War into a hot one "forced" those at the top to keep that evidence to themselves.

The novel's prologue sets the stage as a struggling actress goes to Dallas and films the motorcade on a whim. Before she has even digested that she has captured one of the most memorable moments in American history, her camera is ripped from her grasp by a mysterious man. The chapter that follows jumps to 1998 as New York bonds trader Cole Egan receives a phone call telling him of his estranged father's death and of a package that awaits him in a safety deposit box. The package, of course, contains a video of the film stolen from the actress, and Cole realizes he is sitting on a gold mine: from the other side of Dealey Plaza, the tape shows the firing rifle denied by the Warren Commission.

Of course, the U.S. government has not gone to all the trouble of keeping such information secure for over 30 years just to let some upstart indebted bonds trader make a fortune selling the truth to the highest bidder. The novel takes flight as the dashing and resourceful Cole begins his quest to receive the benefits of his legacy while competently evading the knives, guns, and explosives of a super secret government agency. Not only is the government (portrayed as a surprisingly well-organized structure) intent on controlling the truth, so are those who might be accused of the assassination. Although Cole is initially confident about who the bad guys are, the suspense builds as the line separating allies and enemies dissolves, and our hero finds out quite a lot about himself, his father, and the lengths to which the government will go to keep its secrets. --Kimberly Crouch

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