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The Betrayal: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sabin Willett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She worked for one of the most powerful men in government--and she trusted him completely. That was her mistake.

Praised as "a worthy rival of Scott Turow and John Grisham" (Chicago Tribune), Sabin Willett made a powerful debut with his legal thriller, The Deal. Now he's made the leap from the courthouse to the White House in an even more accomplished international thriller involving political corruption, multibillion-dollar deal making, kidnapping, and assassination. At the center of this fast-paced novel is a fascinating heroine: Louisa Shidler, a thirty-seven-year-old U.S. ambassador, mother, and convicted traitor. Betrayed by her husband, her government, and her powerful boss and mentor, she is abandoned by everyone except her daughter, Isabel. But when the girl is kidnapped, Louisa learns that there is no limit to betrayal's reach--and no limit to what one woman will do to survive it.

As the action moves relentlessly from Washington, D.C., to Geneva, Switzerland, from Dubai to Paris to Cody, Wyoming, it becomes evident that Louisa and her daughter are mere pawns in an international bribery scheme of unprecedented proportions. But when the pawns refuse to fall, the bigger pieces begin to topple.

Charged with political savvy, shrewd characterizations, and a tense, tightly constructed plot, The Betrayal is a thriller of the highest caliber that will further enhance Sabin Willett's growing reputation.

Editorial Reviews Review

Sabin Willett's first novel, The Deal, was hailed as a worthy successor to the novels of Scott Turow and other masterworks of the literary legal thriller. That sentiment is more than justified for this tightly plotted novel of political corruption, international arms dealing, and assassination. In 409 pages Willett's heroine, Louisa Shidler, transforms from dutiful public servant to convicted traitor and then to a fugitive betrayed and abandoned by almost everyone--everyone, that is, except her resourceful 12-year-old daughter, an irascible old newsman, and a pot-smoking trucker named Bear. Yet, despite such dramatic shifts and odd pairings, Willett's keen characterizations allow the willing suspension of disbelief. Although the pace is relentless, as the action moves from Dubai to D.C. to Geneva to Paris to Cody, Wyoming, the writing is so deft and occasionally brilliant that readers will want to take a deep breath, slow down, and appreciate Willett's descriptive talents. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Louisa Shidler, the mercurial heroine of Willett's absorbing if extravagant second thriller (after The Deal), has been betrayed by her philandering husband, but she accepts that. What she can't accept is finding out she's being used as a cover for her boss and mentor, Royall Stillwell, top gun at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Republican candidate for vice president. So when Louisa discovers that Stillwell has deposited $50 million in a Swiss bank account in her name, she confronts him with his betrayal. Next thing she knows, she's being ordered to plead guilty to trumped-up federal charges of bribery and money laundering, or her abducted 12-year-old daughter Isabel will be raped and murdered. Louisa complies for a while, then bolts on a cross-country search for Isabel. Meanwhile, Louisa's arrest has mobilized her other mentor, Mac, crusty managing editor of the Washington Herald. Will Mac get the story before Louisa is nabbed by the shadowy Republican goon squad (or, perhaps worse, the FBI)? In Louisa and Mac, Willett creates attractive, full-bodied characters, noble and smart but deeply flawed. (The snobbish Louisa on meeting her lawyer: "A man with stones set into his wedding ring is going to be her advocate?"). Suspense builds in real time as Willett lovingly lingers over the legal niceties of Louisa's predicament, and the juicy dialogue reads like privileged information ("Louisa, do you know what democracy is? It's a client base, honey"). But the chapters written in Isabel's voice are intrusive, and the last third of the book spins out of control as Louisa, now a peroxide-blonde seductress, improbably takes up arms against her former GOP colleagues. 75,000 first printing; Random House audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NW6LFU
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Politics as we fear it is or may become. Thrilling! October 9, 1999
I was impressed by Sabin Willett's first effort, The Deal, and awaited his next book very impatiently. The Betrayal more than satisfied. I love his plot, reality can be suspended when it can be believed possible. The way he fleshes out his characters makes them visible in your mind. You like the 'good guys' and you feel the evil of the bad ones. I loved the child, Isabel. It is so refreshing to read of a 12 year old who has good manners, grammar and a large vocabulary. The way she uses "like" keeps her within the limits of her age! Our Renoir lady, heroine, grows stronger, wiser and more confident as we read of her travails. I read The Betrayal as slowly and deliberately as possible, though the temptation to rush was compelling. It is a book to savor, which I did. Well done, Sabin. Hopefully, you have another book in progress.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is not an ordinary book. In it Sabin Willett courageously really gets his feet wet in the areas of Washington and international intrigue foul play. One loses sight immediately of the slim likelihood of the events in his book actually happening, because of the tremendously swift-moving plot into which you can really sink your teeth. All-in-all it's a great commentary on what could happen, and a very intimate inside peek into quite real actualities on Capitol Hill. Each of the characters is very real, also. It is refreshing to read something that puts into focus what we don't like about government and international politics in present times, as it seems most books on the subject lately merely obfuscate it further. As far as the actual writing is concerned, I was truly impressed by the writer's incredible vocabulary, and the strength, beauty and freedom of his ability to express himself. Part of the "fun" of reading it, if you weren't anxiously sweating out some of the intense suspense, was getting an insider's view of the activities in some of the cities that are shaping our future, with or without our knowledge and consent. It was interesting to learn that some of these activities are pretty intriguing when not downright seamy. Finally, perhaps a new word should be coined, poe-fiction, or fict-etry, or something, because so much of the writing in this piece of fiction brushes heavily on fine poetry. All-in-all I relished every moment I spent reading it, and would certainly recommend it to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The evil side of Washington, DC July 3, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another winner from Sabin Willett. Great writing, great characters, great storyline. You want Louisa to succeed all the way in her quest to prove her innocence. This book will give you a great background on the TRUE inside Washington politics and make you wonder if things like this actually do happen. Something tells me that it does.
This is a great weekend on the beach read with a pitcher of Long Island Iced Teas...get lost in this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I could not put the book down. It's a great summer read, and more, as it explores character at a depth often lacking in a thriller. The added bonus is Willett's humor, which snakes its way into some unlikely places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining March 1, 2000
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Format:Audio Cassette
A great thriller with a lot of twists and turns. Entertaining enough to allow you to make the leaps of faith necessary to be engrossed in it. I loved The Deal as well. I can't wait for his next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery February 19, 2000
Kept me on edge all the way to the last sentence.
Very good! Could not put it down, stayed up all night reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike The List (where the main character's situation tempts her into a situation that puts her and her daughter's lives into danger), The Betrayal is even more frightening because the main character and her daughter are placed in jeopardy through no fault of their own. What makes this book especially satisfying is that not only are the lead characters well-written and engaging but also that the supporting characters are richly written and interesting, as well. If you enjoyed Steve Martini's The List or John Grisham's Testament, I think you'll like this one. I enjoyed Willett's first book (The Deal), but this one is an even faster paced, more absorbing read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pulsating trip for the reader January 9, 2000
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have indicated that this book invites a willing suspension of belief, and I echo that sentiment. At times I felt that the suspension was a bit much to ask for and even less to justify which is what, except for one other aspect of the authors writing style, cost it one star in my rating. The story starts a bit slowly and confusingly, but you are soon drawn into the dilemna that confronts the heroine and her 12 year old daughter. What starts as a puzzlement (why didn't I know I had 60 million dollars in a foriegn bank account) soon turns dangerous and deadly. Someone involved with the government of the United States is using Louisa as a pawn and that person has lots of people willing to kill anyone that is a threat to them. Uncovering who the enemy is takes most of the novel and involves numerous well drawn characters, some whom you love to love and others that you love to hate. Sabin Willet has developed a writing style in this book that first takes you through an episode from the perspective of a viewer and then follows with the same episode from the point of view of one of the participants in the episode. I found this style initially confusing and eventually time wasting . The ending that Willet devises makes the trk there worth the effort. It is well worth reading and I shall look forward to his next effort.
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