The Gun Runner's Daughter: A Novel
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Titel: The Gun Runner's Daughter: A Novel
Verlag: Random House
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In 1995, Neil Gordon's Sacrifice of Isaac was one of the most acclaimed novels of the year. Newsday said it "immediately vaults Gordon into the company of John le Carré and Graham Greene." The Washington Post called it "one of those rare works of fiction that are both edifying and almost sinfully pleasurable." The San Francisco Chronicle described it as "the best kind of page-turner."
Now Neil Gordon returns with The Gun Runner's Daughter, an equally compelling tale of moral and psychological suspense, the story of two lawyers who fall in love while they are on opposite sides of an arms-dealing scandal.
For twenty-seven years, Allison Rosenthal has lived the life of the liberal elite, from summers in Martha's Vineyard to her studies at Yale. But when her father is indicted on federal charges and his profession--arms dealing--is exposed to public scrutiny, her placid life changes radically. And when her secret childhood lover is named as her father's prosecuting attorney, she must decide where her loyalties lie in a trial that is rocking the presidential administration.
Does family come before politics? Love before law? Truth before loyalty? These are the questions the gun runner's daughter must face as she tries to negotiate the dangerous and murky world of her father's profession and the ambiguous morality of power politics in America and Israel. In this audaciously entertaining intellectual thriller, Neil Gordon brings the personal and political together with the mastery of a great storyteller.
Allison Rosenthal, the 27-year-old daughter of wealthy arms dealer Ronald Rosenthal, is one of the most fascinating characters in recent fiction. She is brave, conflicted, and--as we soon discover in Neil Gordon's tough and highly moral thriller--determined on a devious course that delights and surprises as it unfolds. It begins with ambitious young federal prosecutor David Treat Dennis (known as Dee) being offered "the sweetest arms export violation since Edwin Wilson did business with Qaddafi"--the prosecution of Ronald Rosenthal for selling arms to Bosnian Muslims, even though the deals were apparently made with the full knowledge of the Clinton administration. It's not until he's accepted the plum job that Dee realizes that the 16-year-old girl he coupled with on the beach at Martha's Vineyard 12 years before was Allison. Of course he should recuse himself immediately, even if quitting means damaging not only his career but his relationship with his father, White House counsel Edward Treat Dennis, who was largely responsible for bringing the case to prosecution and getting him the job. But first Dee decides to spend Labor Day weekend on the Vineyard, where he accidentally on purpose runs into Allison again. They begin an affair that seems genuine but also--without revealing any of Gordon's dazzling plot twists--serves their seperate needs. Allison (who was in fact born Esther, a biblical connection to the daughter of King David that Gordon uses to dramatic advantage on several occasions) has many reasons to doubt and distrust her father, including the death of her younger brother several years before, but she is also very much this stern, pragmatic man's dutiful child. Another important character is a high-minded muckraking journalist, Nicky Dymitryck, who has motives of his own for trying to make the Rosenthals squirm. Gordon's first thriller, Sacrifice of Isaac, earned him favorable comparisons to John Le Carré and Graham Greene, all of which now seem fully justified. --Dick Adler
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