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The Garden of Betrayal Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 3, 2010
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Vance follows the success of his first book, Restitution, with another engrossing financial thriller built on his 20 years of experience as a trader at Goldman Sachs. One night in 2003, Mark and Claire Wallace's 12-year-old son, Kyle, goes out to rent a movie on Manhattan's Upper West Side and never returns, leaving his family devastated. In the present, Mark's career as an independent energy analyst gets an unexpected boost when he's offered secret research that appears to predict just how much crude the Saudis expect to pump before the depletion of their oil reserves. In the course of authenticating this data, Mark finds himself increasingly entangled in an ever-widening mystery that includes the murders of several of his friends and eventually encompasses the fate of his missing son. Vance is adept at inserting complex information without slowing the pace of the action or disrupting ongoing suspense.
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*Starred Review* Seven years after the abduction of their 12-year-old son, the marriage of Mark and Claire Wallace remains deeply strained. But Mark is back at work as an energy-industry analyst, selling his insights into the “sleaziest corner of the financial universe” to hedge funds and still working with a determined NYPD detective to find the person who abducted Kyle. On the day a new natural-gas pipeline is destroyed in Russia, seemingly by terrorists, a new lead reopens the search for Kyle's abductor, creates even deeper fissures in his marriage, and threatens the lives of Mark, Claire, and their now 17-year-old daughter, Kate. To protect them and find Kyle's kidnapper, Mark must thwart a labyrinthine plot to create a global energy monopoly. The Garden of Betrayal is a skillfully crafted, highly intelligent, page-turning thriller, even better than Vance's fine debut novel, Restitution (2007). It's filled with arresting characters: hedge-fund sharks; a wise, kindly OPEC insider; an overly ambitious senator; his odious fixer; Czech killers; Mossad agents; a dazzling Latina petroleum engineer; and Mark's daughter, Kate, whose computer skills help keep her family alive and her parents' marriage intact. The tension mounts relentlessly. Every short chapter offers a jolt. Plausible red herrings abound. Alex Dryden's Red to Black (2009) also used the same energy-monopoly scenario to fine effect. Vance's readers will also wonder if that scenario isn't already underway. --Thomas Gaughan
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The book set out to be a topical engaging thriller set in the world of high finance, that both entertains and educates. This is not easy to pull off. But the fact that it is difficult, does not justify the author essentially giving up at half time. I think he ran out of time and energy. The author almost suggests as much in the acknowledgments. Its too bad. After all that work, he basicly threw in the towel.
In the acknowledgements, the author says the second book is the hard one. Its sort of an apology as the author is explaining he knows he dropped the ball. Its strange because this is not an author who needs the money, or needs to be beholden to the time pressure imposed by an editor.
Another thing I suspect is that this book is written to try to get picked up for a movie. This explains all the extraneous violence introduced to the main character, previously a believable seemingly normal professional.
Even thought I was ultimately disappointed, I enjoyed the book. I will read his next book. . Its exactly the kind of book I like, but I hope the author is more disciplined on his next effort.
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