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Charles Palliser's The Quincunx was hailed by critics as a masterpiece of historical fiction and went on to become a major bestseller. Now in his luminously inventive, wickedly funny style, Palliser brings off yet another literary coup--Betrayals--at once a hypnotic murder mystery, scathing literary parody, soap opera, and brilliant pastiche.
-- Dallas Morning News
These seemingly diverse narratives -- at first glance, about completely unrelated subjects -- are filled with hidden connections."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Ingenious in the highest degree...Some of the book will make the reader laugh out loud; some will make him shudder. Palliser has a wicked eye, an ear that misses nothing, and a virtuoso dirty mind....In each story someone becomes obsessed with a rival and plots his destruction only to become caught in a trap of his own devising; the scorpion perishes from his own sting."
-- The Boston Globe
"A Thought-Provoking and Wonderful Novel...
Let us hope that Charles Palliser carries on his idiosyncratic career by defying all expectations save one -- that he continue to produce novels reflecting his exceptional knowledge and creativity."
-- The Washington Post Book World
-- San Francisco Chronicle