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The central feature of this Stephen Frey novel is a fascination with the Kennedy assassination and the answer that conspiracy junkies have long believed: that the United States government has been involved in covering up the existence of a second gunman ever since that fateful day in November 1963. In Frey's world, while the government was not responsible for the assassination, the belief that evidence of a conspiracy would have pushed the Cold War into a hot one "forced" those at the top to keep that evidence to themselves.

The novel's prologue sets the stage as a struggling actress goes to Dallas and films the motorcade on a whim. Before she has even digested that she has captured one of the most memorable moments in American history, her camera is ripped from her grasp by a mysterious man. The chapter that follows jumps to 1998 as New York bonds trader Cole Egan receives a phone call telling him of his estranged father's death and of a package that awaits him in a safety deposit box. The package, of course, contains a video of the film stolen from the actress, and Cole realizes he is sitting on a gold mine: from the other side of Dealey Plaza, the tape shows the firing rifle denied by the Warren Commission.

Of course, the U.S. government has not gone to all the trouble of keeping such information secure for over 30 years just to let some upstart indebted bonds trader make a fortune selling the truth to the highest bidder. The novel takes flight as the dashing and resourceful Cole begins his quest to receive the benefits of his legacy while competently evading the knives, guns, and explosives of a super secret government agency. Not only is the government (portrayed as a surprisingly well-organized structure) intent on controlling the truth, so are those who might be accused of the assassination. Although Cole is initially confident about who the bad guys are, the suspense builds as the line separating allies and enemies dissolves, and our hero finds out quite a lot about himself, his father, and the lengths to which the government will go to keep its secrets. --Kimberly Crouch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cole Egan is watching a hitherto unknown tape of the JFK assassination, shot from the other side of Dealey Plaza. " 'God,' Cole murmured. It was shocking footage, so shocking he almost forgot the seven-million-dollar hit his portfolio had taken in the aftermath of the Fed announcement this afternoon." "Almost" is the key word here: the quote tells you almost everything you need to know about Frey's latest financial thriller (after The Inner Sanctum, 1997), a strange, lumpy, often ludicrous but finally addictive story that mixes historic tragedy with the personal problems of a would-be Master of the Universe. At 29, Cole is having a bad year as a securities trader for a powerful Wall Street brokerage firm. His bonus is in dire danger; the mortgage on his condo is killing him; he hears rumors that the gorgeous model he grew up with (and now wants to date) is a lesbian; and he owes some connected loan sharks a bundle. When a mysterious voice directs him to a safe deposit box and the JFK tape (a legacy from his reclusive secret agent father), Cole sees it as his chance to clean up his debts and finally find out something about his parents. What he gets instead is a tangled link to the White House, a cabal of hired killers determined to keep the tape secret and brisk action scenes on the waters of Minnesota. What we get is a compulsive, if essentially unbelievable, summer read.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451190157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451190154
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Frey has written 18 novels. The latest, a political thriller entitled, ARCTIC FIRE, was published by Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing) in October 2012. The sequel to ARCTIC FIRE, entitled RED CELL SEVEN, is scheduled for release by Thomas & Mercer in January 2014. The series follows the activities of RED CELL SEVEN, a top-secret intelligence group which has no formal reporting responsibilities to anyone inside the United States government and funds itself entirely with private sector money. Stephen is currently working on the third book in the series, KODIAK SKY, which is scheduled for release by Thomas & Mercer in January 2015.

Stephen began his career in finance, working at JP Morgan's New York City office in the mergers and acquisitions department before moving to Washington, DC in 1999 to work at Winston Partners in the group's private equity business. At Winston he led the investment into and chaired three of the firm's portfolio companies.

His first 14 novels involved the financial world, beginning with THE TAKEOVER which was published by Penguin Putnam in 1995.

In order, his other works are: THE VULTURE FUND (1996), THE INNER SANCTUM (1997), THE LEGACY (1998), THE INSIDER (1999), TRUST FUND (2001), THE DAY TRADER (2002), SILENT PARTNER (2003), SHADOW ACCOUNT (2004), THE CHAIRMAN (2005), THE PROTEGE (2005), THE POWER BROKER (2006); THE SUCCESSOR (2007), THE FOURTH ORDER (2007), FORCED OUT (2008), HELL'S GATE (2009) and HEAVEN'S FURY (2010). The first four novels were published by Penguin Putnam, the next 10 by Random House, the next 3 by Simon & Schuster and Stephen is published by Thomas & Mercer.


Stephen lives in northern Virginia, is an avid fisherman and has three wonderful daughters: Christina, Ashley and Gabriella.

Customer Reviews

It's too much, even for someone who has signed that silent pact to suspend disbelief.
"justicewriter"
None of this was answered as were many other questions I don't want to ask, should you still feel a need to read this book.
Mrs. Fitz
Trust me, I read many fictions during my lifetime and this book is definitely a non-stop one.
T. W. M. Philip

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frey Stinks on November 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I dont really like Stephen Frey but decided to give this book a chance because the plot sounded interesting. BIG MISTAKE. Frey totally botched this one. How come all of his characters have to be gorgeous? The man has no range as a writer. I got about 150 pages into this book and ended up tearing it apart page by page in a fit of rage at my stupidity for believing Frey could put out anything that might actually be interesting and thoughtful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on December 13, 2005
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With the writing of this book Stephen Frey mamaged to write an

interesting book about the Kennedy assassination.The central

character in this book Cole Egan is a bond trader who is on the brink of financial ruin.He has a mortage that is too big for him to pay and he owes the Mafia a small fortune in gambling debts.His father Jim Egan leaves him a surprise inheritance.It is a key to a safe deposit box.Inside the safe deposit box is a videotape of the Kennedy assassinationThis tape proves that a

second gunman was involcved in the assassination.

Suddenly everyone is after the tape and Cole's life at the same time.The D.I.A.(Defense Intelligence Agency) has a plan

called Operation Snowfall that is reenacted to prevent the tape from being made public.This group is headed by William Seward and Commander MaGee.He also makes the Acquaintence of Bennett Smith who was his father's friend.He also runs into Victoria Brown who wants to get the tape for NBC news.Another group who

wants the tape to dissapear is the Mafia in the person of Anthony Bianco,the Chairman.Cole has to figure out who he can really trust because nothing is really what it appears to be.

This is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "justicewriter" on April 3, 2000
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Whenever you open a novel, you know what you are reading isfiction. You sign a silent pact with the author to suspend yourdisbelief, to enter the world of the story.
That only works if the author respects the readers enough to present a plausible story. It didn't happen, of course, it's fiction. But it could have...
The basic weakness of this novel is that there are too many "out of the blue" plot twists. The reader feels jerked around, manipulated, and the story comes off as completly unbelievable.
She's his friend...no wait, she's a government agent...no, wait, she works for the mafia...no, wait, she has a heart of gold. It's too much, even for someone who has signed that silent pact to suspend disbelief.
The basic plot here is intriguing. As a JFK assasination buff, I was drawn into the story. But once inside, I found it far less than satisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
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This book avoids a one star rating because of the main idea of the story, a second tape of the Kennedy assassination on the other side of his motorcade. Fry could do so much with that story, but instead writes a very bad book. He puts his hero into many corners, and doesn't know how to get him out of them. So, Cole (the hero) always has a gun, knife, or set of keys nearby which appear from nowhere. Another problem is the whole father-son business. Cole's father is dead, then he isn't. His dad as only one copy of the tape, then two. And, whgy would someone who has seen their son less than ten times in their entire life send this tape to him? Why not sell it himself? Oh, his dad is in another agency, caled the DIA. Do yourself a favor, do not get this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
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What a terrific first two chapters!! How did the rest of the book go downhill -- or was it nowhere?-- so quickly? I'm a fan of all Frey's other books but I was majorly disappointed with "The Legacy." For the first time, I didn't find too much sympathetic about the flawed hero; the female characters are still cardboard; and DAMN IT! The entire chase around the tape was built around vague, neverly fully defined or explained motives. If you read this book thinking you're really going to get an interesting "what if" tale about the JFK assassination, forget it. Go read all twenty-some volumes of the Warren Report, they'll be just as gripping. On the other hand, if you thought John Grisham's "Pelican Brief" was a terrific book you'll be sure to like "The Legacy." Please try again, Mr. Frey, I really enjoyed your other work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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In order to demonstrate the level at which Mr. Frey writes, I give you a paraphrase of some dialog in the book: Cole: I am going to Montana / Tory: No, you need to go to New York / Cole: I am going to Montana and that's final / (Cole heads for the door) / Tory: Where are you going? / Hello? I believe he said he was going to Montana. This type of hideous dialog is throughout the book, filling pages between stupendously ridiculous plot twists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Slavin on August 13, 2005
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This book has received quite mixed reviews. However,to my taste, I considered it to be quite compelling. I really hated to put it down. Basically it's a story about a Bond trader who seems headed towards ruin. His father, who he really didn't know and was a covert DIA agent left him a video tape of the Kennedy assassination which proved there had been a conspiracy. The current President, in cahoots with the Mafia boss, were working together to keep the truth hidden. Tremendous drama, thrills and excitement along the way.
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