Closed Circle

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Once again Robert Goddard has delivered an absolutely first-class entertainment. Closed Circle weaves a spellbinding tale of love, murder, and betrayal in a sordid world of money and deceit. The year is 1931. Guy Horton and Max Wingate are two confidence men on their way from America to England in search of their next scam. On board the Empress of Britain, they discover that they need not wait till they arrive; their next victim is one of the passengers, and one of the most beautiful women they've ever laid eyes ...
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Overview

Once again Robert Goddard has delivered an absolutely first-class entertainment. Closed Circle weaves a spellbinding tale of love, murder, and betrayal in a sordid world of money and deceit. The year is 1931. Guy Horton and Max Wingate are two confidence men on their way from America to England in search of their next scam. On board the Empress of Britain, they discover that they need not wait till they arrive; their next victim is one of the passengers, and one of the most beautiful women they've ever laid eyes on. Her name is Diana Charnwood, the daughter of the wealthy munitions dealer Fabian Charnwood, a legendary, somewhat reclusive millionaire. There's a trick they've performed before: Charm the daughter into an engagement to marry, then get her father to buy you off. Guy and Max make a pact: Whichever one wins Diana Charnwood's love will share his fortune with the other. But life is seldom so predictable. Who would imagine that Max would truly fall in love with Diana? And who would murder Fabian Charnwood the night Max and Diana plan to elope? When Max doesn't arrive at their designated meeting place, Guy goes looking for him, and finds Max running from the dead body of Fabian Charnwood. Did Max kill Charnwood in a fit of anger? Guy is convinced his friend is innocent, but can he prove it? Or has he stumbled into something far darker and deeper than he ever expected? From Britain to Venice to the Orient Express, the plot thickens and turns, then thickens and turns again. As Guy tracks down a conspiracy that reaches all the way back to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, he uncovers a scheme so massive in its duplicity, destructiveness, and bloodless hunger for profits that he finds within himself an integrity he never imagined he possessed. Closed Circle is a page-turner of devious twists with a labyrinthine plot that will keep you up all night, unable to sleep until the villains are unmasked and the hero is vindicated. Not
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British novelist Goddard's thriller of deception and conspiracy takes place in Europe between the world wars. Jan.
Library Journal
Guy Horton and Max Wingate, both disaffected veterans of World War I, have roamed the world as partners in various confidence games. Amid Depression-era gloom they court English heiress Diana Charnwood with hopes of quick financial gain. Their callow scheme leads, however, to murder and a harsh moral education as Guy's investigation of the homicides unexpectedly uncovers those responsible for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The author of Hand in Glove Poseidon, 1993 begins his new novel with hijinks reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse but soon establishes moral quandaries worthy of Graham Greene. Carefully plotted and elegantly phrased, this is at once a suspenseful mystery and a thoughtful examination of the lingering effects of evil.-- Albert E. Wilhelm, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville
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In 1931, two con men plan to bilk the beautiful daughter of a wealthy munitions dealer. But their scam is rudely interrupted by the unexpected intrusion of true love, a brutal murder, intrigue and conspiracy, and a surprise attack of integrity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671890926
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Great Goddard Again

    Aboard a luxury liner returning to Europe are two confidence tricksters escaping from possible arrest and imprisonment in America. They are presented with a new target, Diana, the only daughter of a very rich man. The idea is to woo the victim and persuade her to become engaged to one of them, expecting her father to buy him off. They will then share the proceeds. This scheme has worked before what can go wrong? Well, in a Robert Goddard novel everything. They stumble on mystery and murder. As with all Goddard's work one must be prepared to read it through at one sitting it is so hard to put down.

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