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Bleeck, Oliver (Ross Thomas)

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ISBN 10: 0671775499 / ISBN 13: 9780671775490
Published by Pocket Books, New York, 1972
Condition: Near Fine to Fine Soft cover
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Vintage Paperback, Pocket Books 77549; the second novel featuring Philip St. Ives, professional international "go-between," this time negotiating the swap of a U.S. ambassador for $1 million plus the release of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; the text is clean, tight, square, appears unread; there is an interesting message to the previous owner on the inside front cover: "Remember when these were our whole Christmas to each other. 'Those were the days my friend.' I love you. Richard. 12/24/72." Other than the inscription -- thought provoking in our current economic times nearly 50 years later -- the pictorial wrappers show only very minimal surface and edgewear. A collectable copy of a hard-to-find early Thomas novel. Bookseller Inventory # 003905

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Publisher: Pocket Books, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine to Fine

Edition: First Printing, First Paperback Edition

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Determined to escape an arranged marriage and her stultifying if wealthy life, Evelyn Thurgood-Baron disguises herself as a lady's maid to flee Beaumont, Texas, but she soon discovers that her new employer is a former New Orleans police lieutenant turned fugitive, disguised as a woman to escape his pursuers and clear his name. Original.


Setting: Beaumont, Texas, 1911

Sensuality: 7

Beautiful Evelyn Thurgood-Baron is the sole heiress to the Baron Oil fortune and has had 26 years of ladylike, rigidly proper upbringing. She longs to kick over the traces and experience travel and adventure but her father has other plans. When he announces that he's negotiated an engagement for her as part of a lucrative business deal, Evelyn packs a bag and runs away, posing as a ladies' maid to board the Lone Star Limited.

Falsely accused of murder and chasing the only man who can exonerate him, New Orleans police lieutenant Luke Deveraux boards the Lone Star Limited disguised as a woman. Neither Evelyn nor Luke has time to adjust to their new identities before danger forces them to jump from the train and shed their costumes. Then fate pairs them in a race across Texas that has them hiding from the police, private detectives, and bandits. Neither of them is prepared for the attraction that daily grows stronger between them, but if they survive their dangerous journey, is there any hope for a future between an heiress to millions and a New Orleans cop?

The turn-of-the-century setting of The Runaway Heiress is rich with colorful detail in a plot that contains one hair-raising, life-threatening scene after another, supported by a hero and heroine strong enough to survive and thrive despite the danger. Don't miss this wonderfully romantic historical. --Lois Faye Dyer

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