A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune

Book - 1993
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In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives. From the exclusive men's clubs that cater to every dark desire of England's upper classes to the luxurious ballrooms of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Follett conjures up a stunning panorama of intrigue. A Dangerous Fortune brings us characters swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a young man's death, must be stopped - or the dreams of a nation will die.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780385311885
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 533 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 04, 2017

Then I thought great novel.
Now novel unusual that protagonist became a upstanding banker.
However, 19th century banking novel highlighted why banks had to be conservative & risk-adverse with despots running developing countries, robber barons, labor strikes & even revolutions.

z1 Oct 04, 2016

The book did not capture my attention.

Jul 13, 2016

Could not get into this one

yongfoo Jun 02, 2013

Could not put it down- read the entire book well into the night. Ken Follett's writing skills are just amazing!

Mar 02, 2011

A Dangerous Fortune ----
by Ken Follett c - 1993 ----

Intrique/Thriller ----

A real good story ---- hard to leave alone. ----



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Mar 14, 2010

In 1866, a schoolboy drowns in a mysterious accident. Present are Hugh Pilaster and his older cousin Edward, the dissolute heir to a banking fortune and Micky Miranda, son of a brutal South American landowner. Caught in the ensuing maelstrom are sly matriarch Augusta Pilaster, rich heir Solly Greenbourne and slum girl Maisie Robinson. Micky Miranda uses blackmail and murder to advance his family and threatens the whole British economy.


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