Titel: The Legacy: A Novel
Verlag: Dutton Adult
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Cole Egan is hard at work at Gilchrist &Company, a powerful investment bank, desperate to discover the trade that will help launch him out of debt and secure his job, when he receives a telephone call that will change his life forever. An unidentified voice tells Cole that his father has died, and that at the reception desk there is a package waiting for him. In it, Cole finds his father's death certificate, and a key. Cole follows the cryptic instructions inside the package, and locates the safety deposit box that matches the key. When he retrieves the video inside, Cole discovers the valuable legacy his father has left him--a tape of the John F. Kennedy assassination, filmed from the opposite side of Dealey Plaza--a tape that offers absolute proof that Lee Harvey Oswald hadn't acted alone, if at all
* Stephen Frey's first novel, The Takeover, was a national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.
* The Takeover and The Vulture Fund have been optioned by Paramount Pictures and Neufeld/Rehme Productions.
* The Signet edition of The Inner Sanctum will contain a teaser chapter from The Legacy.
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
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