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The Property of a Lady
     

The Property of a Lady

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by Elizabeth Adler
 

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The magnificent Ivanoff emerald: It surfaced at  Christie's at Geneva, "The Property of a  Lady"—a lady now sought by powerful men intent on  seizing a legacy that could tilt the world balance of  power . . .

The terrifying Ivanoff secret: She  lived like a pauper with a royal ransom in

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The magnificent Ivanoff emerald: It surfaced at  Christie's at Geneva, "The Property of a  Lady"—a lady now sought by powerful men intent on  seizing a legacy that could tilt the world balance of  power . . .

The terrifying Ivanoff secret: She  lived like a pauper with a royal ransom in gems,  determined to carry her secret to the grave . . .  until an act of love and a public auction brought  the world—and the curse—to her door . . .

The  last of the Ivanoffs—pawns in a deadly game: The  royal gems are merely the lure to the hidden  billions for which nations are willing to kill. The last  of the Ivanoffs should have died in 1917. Now,  two generations later, they are the prize—and the  prey . . .
From war-torn Russia to New York's  teeming Lower East Side . . . from Ziegfeld's Broadway  and the Hollywood of the moguls to contemporary  Washington, Geneva, and Berlin, Elizabeth's Adler's  novel of passion, power, and royal privilege will  command your attention to the very last  page.

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"Adler's evocation of fleshpots like  Manhattan and Hollywood is admirable . . . Wide-screen romance/intrigue."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the author of Leonie and The Rich Shall Inherit comes this eventful novel of romantic intrigue, briskly plotted and well researched, centering on a fabulous emerald--a maharajah's gift to a Russian prince on the eve of the Revolution. Fleeing in 1917 with their gems, Princess Anouska Ivanoff, her children and their English guest Verity (``Missie'') Byron, 18, had been waylaid in a snowy wood by drunken Bolshevik peasants. Brutally raped, Anouska had died. her son Alexei was adopted by a kindly officer and raised as a Communist. Missie, however, took Anouska's daughter Xenia to America, became a Ziegfield girl and Hollywood star. Now white-haired, Missie lives in Maryland among her rich memories; her flashbacks eventually illuminate contemporary events. Meanwhile, three drinkers in a Geneva bar want to find the eponymous ``lady'' who put up the newly cut emerald at auction: Genie Reese, the Washington newswoman assigned to the story; likable Bronx-born politician Cal Warrender; and Communist Valentin Solovsky, elegant cultural attache to Washington, who is really Prince Ivanoff's descendant. But Valentin's malevolent half-brother Boris, head of the KGB, is bent on destroying Valentin and the mysterious lady. A boozy gem-cutter in Bangkok, a captive wife, a murderer in Dusseldorf add to the story's zesty cast, whose lives come together in its surprising conclusion. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
YA-- A sweeping romantic epic. An emerald from an aristocratic Russian family tiara, missing since the Bolshevik Revolution, turns up in Geneva and provides the key to an international cat-and-mouse game of intrigue and espionage. Filled with vivid descriptions of characters and places, the book is at once a love story, a mystery, and a spy thriller that will transport YAs to such exotic locales as Russia, Istanbul, and the teeming streets of New York's Lower East Side. The search for the mystery lady who put the gem up for sale will absorb readers until the novel's conclusion, when all of the characters and events come together in a rich and fulfilling resolution.-- Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440613794
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
580
Sales rank:
745,456
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.25(d)

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Property of a Lady 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows how keeping secrets from those you love, even to protect them, eventually turns around and bites you! A great story spanning decades. If you like to follow an amazing character through her lifetime, this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When neither ate the heirs wasnt old enough to have signed anything and no more proof of birth than son