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The Clifton Chronicles’ fourth volume takes the saga from the late 1950s to the mid-’60s. The book begins with a shocker: Harry and Emma’s son, Sebastian, is nearly killed in an automobile accident; his friend Bruno does die. It seems Sebastian was the intended target, and Bruno’s father, Don Pedro Martinez, who has a long and contentious history with the Cliftons (and who didn’t know his own son was in the car), is the likely culprit. If you don’t know who any of these people are, you may want to start at the saga’s beginning, 2011’s Only Time Will Tell, because this is an epic-size family drama, operatic in scope. This fourth book focuses on upheavals inside the Barrington Shipping Company: mystery-novelist Harry Clifton’s wife, Emma, is descended from the company’s founder and wants to take over as company chairman, but Don Pedro, with a seething hatred of the Barringtons, has his own plans for the suddenly vacant chairman’s seat. As with the previous volumes in the series, there are myriad subplots winding their way through the book: Harry and Emma’s daughter is engaged, for example, but there are those who aren’t so thrilled about that, and a new member of the Barrington company’s upper echelon is a fellow whose agenda is a troubling mystery. Reaction to the Clifton Chronicles has not been unanimously positive—Archer has his detractors—but if you like multivolume family sagas, it would be hard to find a contemporary example as ambitious and entertaining as this one. --David Pitt
No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw. (Booklist)
Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with...a really excellent cliffhanger. (Washington Post)
The most gripping of the Clifton Chronicles yet. The tension and the build-up are terrific, and kept this reader on the edge of his seat. (The Observer (UK))
Captivating story, but sometimes too much irrelevant detail. Hard to put down it you have read the first two volumes.Published 2 hours ago by Arne in Florida
The ending was maddening. I didn't know there was another book in the series until my book club friend told me there was a fifth book in the series. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gloria Prince
Good book of "who done it" excitement. Leaves a cliffhanger at end. Don't read unless you have read earlier books.Published 10 days ago by PJM
from the first book to the last in the series I could not stop reading. well written.Published 10 days ago by Lucille Fennessy
One of those books it is hard to put down. Looking forward to the next book in the series.Published 13 days ago by Jan Harrison