THE SPRING - A Legal Thriller

THE SPRING - A Legal Thriller

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by Clifford Irving
     
 
"Clifford Irving delivers a parable about aging and euthanasia -- book discussion groups will love it. Recommended for all libraries."- Library Journal

Set today in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, this is the tale of a snowbound mountain town with a young woman mayor and a secret to protect from the outside world - a secret worth dying for, and perhaps

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"Clifford Irving delivers a parable about aging and euthanasia -- book discussion groups will love it. Recommended for all libraries."- Library Journal

Set today in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, this is the tale of a snowbound mountain town with a young woman mayor and a secret to protect from the outside world - a secret worth dying for, and perhaps worth killing for.

"An extraordinarily entertaining and thoughtful combination of LOST HORIZONS and PRESUMED INNOCENT. Not only is it a mystery -- on at least two levels -- but it poses troubling questions concerning prolonged life and its ultimate value. - Booklist

Dennis Conway, New York lawyer, has moved west to marry Sophie, the beautiful mayor of the 9,000-feet-high hamlet of Springhill. When his new in-laws are charged with murdering two of their close friends, Dennis is shocked, disbelieving, and volunteers to defend Sophie's parents at trial in Aspen.

THE SPRING is at one and the same time a love story, a murder story, a courtroom novel, and a skiing adventure story with the most gripping avalanche scene ever written.

"Irving drives his narrative from the fantastic to the realistic and back again, playing a game that's sure and steady. Highly recommended." -- Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - H. B. Sorensen
"Irving drives his narrative from the fantastic to the realistic and back again, playing a game that's sure and steady." -- Publishers Weekly

"An extraordinarily entertaining and thoughtful combination of "Lost Horizons and Presumed Innocent. Not only is it a mystery – on at least two levels – but it poses troubling questions concerning prolonged life and its ultimate value." -- Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149250455
Publisher:
Clifford Irving
Publication date:
03/16/2014
Series:
Clifford Irving's Legal Thrillers , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
289
Sales rank:
41,048
File size:
382 KB

Meet the Author

Hello. I’m Clifford Irving. I was once on the cover of Time Magazine, and Hollywood made a movie about part of my life, with Richard Gere playing me.

I traveled twice around the world before most people living in it today were born, stood guard in an Israeli kibbutz, crewed on a 56' three-masted schooner that sailed the Atlantic from Mexico to France, smuggled whisky from Tangier to Spain, and one spring I lived on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir from where I rode horseback intoTibet.

Growing up in Manhattan, I studied painting at the High School of Music & Art. At Cornell University I chased beautiful but unconquerable Ivy League coeds, rowed on the crew, and dreamed of becoming a great writer. I sailed to Europe, settled on the decadent Mediterranean island of Ibiza, and wrote my first novel. I sent it to a literary agent in New York. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published it.

Was it really as easy and as quick as that? Of course not. I was lucky. And determined.

I taught at UCLA graduate extension school, with Betsy Drake and Cary Grant among my pupils. I became a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC. And I kept writing books.

In 1970, I created a writing event which became the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax. Many believe that the threat of the book’s publication, with its revelations of the Hughes-Nixon bribes, caused Nixon to approve the Watergate break-in.

My reward in 1972 for these accusations (and lunacy) was 16 months in three federal prisons.

Over time I wrote write 20 books that were published to varying degrees of success in many languages. (In the USA by Putnam, McGraw-Hill, and Simon & Schuster.)

Almost all of my books are on Nook and Kindle, and at affordable prices: $2.99 to $5.99. That’s cheaper than a paperback and a lot cheaper than a movie. A good read is one of the amazing pleasures offered to us by civilization.

“Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more”– so said the New York Times Book Review about “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa,” which I believe is my best book, although “Trial,” by far, followed by “Daddy’s Girl,” and “Final Argument” – all legal thrillers – are the top sellers.

My manuscripts, notes, journals and correspondence are stored permanently at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which acquired the archive in 2013.

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THE SPRING - a Legal Thriller 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A master novelist who has crafted believable, chilling tales of Nazi death camps and the Mexican revolution could never go wrong writing about his own neighborhood. Clifford Irving demonstrates brilliance engaging the reader in the physical and social landscapes of Pitkin County, CO, encompassing Aspen and a higher altitude enclave, Spring Hill. The authenticity he visits on scene setting, capturing the beauty and cache of Aspen as well as the high-altitude hamlet with a deadly secret, gives one the sense of being braced by Rocky Mountain air. By the conclusion, I felt as if I could cross-country ski the treacherous maroon bells! And when the remote villagers spoke their secret language, which is based upon an American argot called Boontling, the realism kicked up another notch. Mr. Irving renders his principal characters with flesh, bone, and hot blood. Dennis, the big city lawyer turned part-time counselor/ part-time ski bum, is deftly portrayed as a caring father and slightly oversexed new husband. His wife Sofie, ski champ and Mayor of Spring Hill, is both sexy and smart. Even the bit players are roundly drawn. A drunken artist who is supported by the citizenry ends up in peril when he is considered at risk of divulging the town’s big secret. As the plot thickens and both Dennis and Sofie have critical choices to make regarding which of their alliances will endure. The story becomes more engrossing as the stakes are raised with each succeeding scene. The shocking conclusion is just one of so many switchbacks, like the ones on Hwy. 82, following the Roaring Fork River up to Aspen. Clifford Irving is a master of his art who has lavished his talents on a subject encompassing his home turf. In his novel The Spring, the rewards of Mr. Irving’s Rocky Mountain highs … and lows have accrued to his readership.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Spring is not so much a legal thriller as it is thought provoking. While there is a mystery that gnaws at you most of the content deals with moral issues rather than legal. In general, I don't think it is a legal thriller genre as much as it is a fantasy mystery. It is enjoyable
tnwaltz More than 1 year ago
This novel starts slowly but picks up speed. It's a legal thriller, but also has some romance and questions about the value of human life and family values. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder suspense mistery legal. All those genres masterfully woven in the best novel I have read in a long time. I have become an Irving fan for life and intend to read all his novels.
otterly More than 1 year ago
The title spring is located in a small Colorado former mining town where our hero goes with his two children to live after he marries a woman who turns out to be 65 years old. In this lovely location, residents can live to be 100, but it has been decided that everyone will agree to be euthanized at some point. Not everyone agrees, and so this family is escaping from there in the midst of winter. I have read other Clifford Irving books. This might be a good choice for a book group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welll drawn fantacy to the edge of being plausable. Characters were crafted very well as was the story. Unlike anything I have read in a long time. I will read more of Mr Irving.
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Social issue and different perceptions along with unusual storyline. Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Clifford Irving mystery that I have read.it was a very enjoyable readouts of mystery and intrigue I will be looking forward to more of his books
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rona65 More than 1 year ago
Few readers realize that Dennis Conway, the protagonist of Clifford Irving’s THE SPRING, has the same surname as the protagonist of the novel and movie SHANGRI-LA. I’m sure this is deliberate, and it’s such a subtle touch in a fine suspense novel -- about a contemporary Shangri-La -- that I recommend to all readers. The characters are well-drawn, so interesting, and the story, which moves along at a fine pace, has marvelous details about skiing, the Rocky Mountains, longevity, and even dentistry. An excellent novel.
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