Vanessa March, two years married and very much in love, is propelled to Vienna by a shocking discovery. In her charge is young Timothy Lacy, who also has urgent problems to solve. But what promises to be no more than a delicate personal mission turns out to involve the security forces of three countries, two dead men, a circus and its colourful personnel and the famous white stallions of Vienna.
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This was the first Mary Stewart book I ever read, and it hooked me immediately. I have since read every book she's ever written, many of them multiple times. As a young teenager, I looked to the heroines (who are always young women facing difficult situations with courage, grace and intelligence) as role models on how to become a woman. I love the mix of exotic locals, mystery and romance in Mary Stewart's novels.From the Inside Flap:
Lovely Vanessa March did not think it was a strange for her husband to take a business trip to Stockholm. What was strange was the silence that followed. Then she caught a glimpse of him in a newsreel shot of a crowd near a mysterious circus fire in Vienna and knew it was more than strange. It was downright sinister.
Once again Mary Stewart unfolds a masterpiece of intrigue, terror, and suspense in this headlong-paced tale of a young wife's search for a missing husband....
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Buchbeschreibung London, Coronet, ., 1974. 253 S., 8°, Tb Leichte Gebrauchsspuren, leichte Läsur am Buchrücken, Schnitt etwas gelbstichig. Artikel-Nr. 179098