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Touchstone: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel Paperback – December 30, 2008
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“Cinematic…richly, even lushly, imagined.” –Booklist, starred review
“Intelligent and nuanced . . . Indelible characters . . . a plot as tight as a drum. What more could you want?” –Seattle Times
“An Anglophile’s treat of sixth sense and sensibility.” –Entertainment Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
This is a book about people. The Duke's daughter with a bone-deep sense of duty, the archetypal English gentleman whose body bears the wounds of the Great War and whose soul remains at some eternal Agincourt, the half-caste hero of the trenches caught in the warp and woof of the British class system - each one is going to break your heart, but never quite in the way that you expect.
Fair warning: the book is a slow start.
Until you begin to care about the people - about page 175 for me - the multiple agendas of the personal and the political seem too grim for recreational reading. But, if you are one of King's faithful readers, you will keep turning pages until smitten with the beauty of the settings - nature and art - and lulled into cozy fascination by the words and actions of pretty people in an exquisite landscape, England at its most magical. And then you are hooked. The mists of Avalon part and you see the players' political commitments as inevitable manifestations of their love of family, love of country.
Here we find politics and art and a love story - two, no, three love stories - and a family saga and (eventually) a truly nail-biting thriller. But you have to put in the time to get to know these people and their England.Read more ›
Few writers write descriptive material more beautifully than Laurie King. But she does have a tendency to overdo it. And never moreso than in this book. Example: It takes our protagonist three and a half entirely uneventful pages just to walk from his bedroom to the drawing room. Another: As a conclusion begins ever so slowly to build, one of the principals sends the hero a message marked urgent; he dashes off to meet her in the chapel but before we learn why, we must pause for a detailed examination of a painting of a Madonna and Child on the chapel wall. Well, you say to yourself, that's surely because this painting is going to figure prominently in the denouement to come, right? Nope, it doesn't. But this digression and dozens like it do explain why this book runs some 200 pages longer than King's others. The plot itself doesn't need the extra space. And her settings and characters do not seem to come more alive on the page because of it.
I'm giving this one four stars because King is such a terrific writer, and because two of the six principal characters--Bennett and Laura--are exceptionally interesting and well drawn, and the ending's a doozy. Also I think she really pours heart and soul into these stand-alone books and I hope she'll do more of them. But please not at such length.
Trying to get close to the man he plays five degrees starting with meeting Aldous Carstairs who sends him to a former patient of his Bennet Grey whose sister Sara is friendly with Lady Laura Hurleigh who is Richard's lover. Bennet was injured in the war and came through with certain abilities. He is a human lie detector and has a sense of what people are thinking and planning. He agrees to go with Harris to a Hurleigh weekend party. Tensions are high because the miner's are going on the strike and a general strike is planned to bring the government down. Lady Laura is planning a weekend where the two sides can talk away from the noise of the public and media but there is another agenda being played, one Harris intends to stop.
TOUCHSTONE is a thick juicy story that shows England between the two world wars and how the government feels about the unions. Harris is in England to bring vigilante justice to the bomber and ends up falling for Sarah. He comes to care for Bennet and tries to rescue him from Carstairs clutches. Carstairs wants to be the power in the shadows that steers England on a course that seems acceptable on the surface but is deviously deceptive. Laurie R King creates fascinating characters and places them in several subplots so that the reader understands what motivates them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story, not predictable, very suspenseful, a good mystery. Also, a good human interplayPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a long time fan of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries (I have read them all), I looked forward to experiencing a new detective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kbppwcj
Love the author's Russell & Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sophia Rose
Laurie R. King's books are well-written with plots rife with twists and turns. The book introduces the team of Stuyvesant and Gray and is set in the era between the world wars,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed it a lot. The characters are great. The settings well described so one can imagine the spots where the story takes place. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zelda
Got off to a slow start but once all characters had been introduced the pace picked up. The characters are interesting enough that I will read the next book in the series.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Best characters are the women, reads easier when they are on stage. Takes a long time for the plot to develop.Published 6 months ago by Shannon
Great story. Loved it. Hope there are more on the way. Already read The Bones of Paris. It was also excellent.Published 8 months ago by Gramma of 5