False Pretenses

False Pretenses

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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First published in 1988, False Pretenses was not only Catherine Coulter's first foray into contemporary suspense, but it was also her first hardcover.

Now, beautifully repackaged for her ever-growing legion of fans, False Pretenses will once again electrify readers. It is the explosive story of how one woman must survive the destruction of herSee more details below

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First published in 1988, False Pretenses was not only Catherine Coulter's first foray into contemporary suspense, but it was also her first hardcover.

Now, beautifully repackaged for her ever-growing legion of fans, False Pretenses will once again electrify readers. It is the explosive story of how one woman must survive the destruction of her perfect life--and the intentions of three mysterious men....

Praise for Catherine Coulter's contemporary thrillers:

"Gripping...absorbing....[Coulter] keeps the action moving fast!"--Publishers Weekly

"Full of twists and turns that guarantee enjoyment."--Rocky Mountain News

"Engrossing...tantalizing mystery."--Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Vivid...titillating...a cliffhanger to the ...sure to keep readers turning the pages."--Naples Daily News

"Tense, tightly written...a new genre of suspense thrillers."--Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph

"Coulter maintains tension throughout...[a] shocking climax."--Tulsa World

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Editorial Reviews

Rocky Mounatin News
Full of twists and turns that guarantee enjoyment.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Neither Lincoln Center nor Wall Street comes across with credibility in this first hardcover novel by the author of 18 Regency and historical romances. Set against the glittering Manhattan world of corporate finance and performing arts is a shifting population of heroes and villains, white knights and charlatans. Barely acquitted of her elderly husband's ice-pick murder, pianist Elizabeth Carleton struggles to rule his financial empire, developing unusual alliances while learning firsthand about hostile takeovers. Although confronted by vicious in-laws rivaling the Borgias in their skill for blackmail and betrayal, Elizabeth thrives surrounded by attentive and attractive men. A trusted bodyguard guides her through the intricacies of acquisition politics, an acquaintance made during a European junket becomes her confidant and she is later squired by a mysterious and wealthy psychiatrist who perjured himself to assure her acquittal. Elizabeth's trials pose as a romantic mystery thriller but the book suffers from stilted dialogue and equally awkward descriptions of violent confrontations and sexual couplings. Non sequiturs concerning affirmative action and safe sex merely accessorize the dated formula, reminiscent of a TV saga. ( October)
Library Journal
Thanks to the testimony of a mysterious stranger, concert pianist Elizabeth Carleton is found not guilty of the ice pick murder of her elderly megamillionaire husband, Timothy. Subsequently, Elizabeth battles his greedy relatives while struggling to run Timothy's business ventures. Along the way she falls in love with a ``real man.'' At tale's end, Elizabeth has a climactic confrontation with the mysterious stranger and, at the same time, solves her husband's murder. A hardcover first novel by the author of 18 romance paperbacks, this entertaining formula tale is best suited for larger collections of light or popular reading. Its appealing cover should also encourage browsing. Ed. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568955940
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Large Print Book Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
443
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.24(d)

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