Back Bay

Back Bay

by William Martin

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"A rip-roaring page turner. A perfect read!" - Boston Globe

Meet the Pratt clan. Driven men. Determined women. Through six turbulent generations, they would pursue a lost Paul Revere treasure. And turn a family secret into an obsession that could destroy them. Here is the novel that launched William Martin's astonishing literary career and became an instant bestseller. From the grit and romance of old Boston to exclusive — and dangerous — Back Bay today, this sweeping saga paints an unforgettable portrait of a powerful dynasty beset by the forces of history...and a heritage of greed, lust, murder and betrayal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744703
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 325,042
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, an award-winning PBS documentary, and a cult classic horror movie. His first novel, Back Bay, introduced treasure hunting hero Peter Fallon, who has now appeared in five novels, and spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times list. Since then, Martin has been telling stories of the great and the anonymous in American history, from the Pilgrims to 9/11. His novels, including Cape Cod, Annapolis, City of Dreams, and The Lincoln Letter, have established him as "a storyteller whose smoothness equals his ambition" (Publishers Weekly). He lives near Boston with his wife and has three grown children. In 2005, he was the recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." In 2015 he received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award.

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Back Bay 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spent a lot of time in the past. Not a fan of that. The story in the present is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
William Martin is a talented writer and uses good historical artificats to travel through history. Great dialogue as well. I just thought the story ran a little long and didn't care for the ending.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A history graduate student unearths a clue to a long-buried treasure and is sucked into a race to find it, along with a disintegrating Boston Brahmin family, a ruthless nouveau riche businessman with a personal vendetta, and an alcoholic journalist. The setting of the book jumps around from the American Revolutionary War to the present (1970s), spinning a tale of a Paul Revere tea set made from confiscated Royalist gold and silver given to George Washington, stolen from the White House, and wreaking tragedy on the family that sees its salvation in it.I wasn't feeling the romance between Peter and Evangeline, but the book was written in the 70s. I guess we're supposed to believe Peter loves her just because she's beautiful. And she drives a Porsche.All in all, it's a good historical page-turner.
Ames3473 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am really loving this book! I am already half through it & just started it tonight!! It's about a prominent New England family who holds the secret to a missing Paul Revere treasure. I was surprised to find out this book was published in 1979..long before all the other books of a similar genre. It's hard to put down! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!Read this book in 2 days & loved it! Can't wait to read the next in the series, Harvard Yard. I had a hard time putting this one down!
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the historical part of this novel, but the modern parts had so much bad language that I finally gave up trying to read it. That's really sad because I love books with a Boston setting. However, I'm not sure that I want to try to read other titles by this author when he finds it necessary to overuse bad language.
Livana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read in one of the reviews that you couldn't really appreciate this book unless you were familiar with the locations listed in it. I have to agree with that. Living around Boston, I know where Back Bay, South Boston, Roxbury, Bunker Hill and all these others places are, and that makes the story so much more enjoyable.I was actually seating in a bus at Sullivan Square reading about the battle of Bunker Hill - I almost could see the monument from where I was.I really enjoyed the plot line about the Revere Tea Set. I was not so familiar with Revere's work and that got me wanting to go to the Museum of Fine Art.The book is quite long, however, and some of the details of the story could have been cut. Otherwise, I strongly recommend it.
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ReadingGramma More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. A lot of great historical content. While I don't know how believable the end was, I was very surprised by it and liked that it was not what was expected.
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cdafft More than 1 year ago
The plot line traverses back and forth from present day to historical times telling a story that brings all characters together very nicely. The writing is very well written and I felt transported between the past and present without getting nauseated. If you love history and you like a good mystery as well, this writer does a good job a relating both.
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What is this room for?