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Publisher's Summary

In 1962, when mild-mannered actuary Walter Cousins sleeps with the sharp-tongued, not-quite-legal British au pair Diane Burroughs, he can have no sense of the magnitude of his error. For the brief affair sets in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. At the centre is Ed King, an infant given up for adoption who becomes one of the richest and most powerful men. But beneath the gripping story of Ed's seemingly inexorable rise to fame and fortune is a dark and unsettling destiny.
©2011 David Guterson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By David G on 03-12-13

A very interesting story

I read Snow Falling on Cedars quite a while ago and really enjoyed it. It has remained in my favourite books list since then. I recall that David Guterson's second book was good but not so memorable. So after a period of many years I recently checked out the listing for David Guterson and saw this in Audible. I also really enjoyed this book; but it is so different from Snow Falling on Cedars that it is hard to accept that the same author wrote it. The style is just so different! All credit to the author to be able to produce such different books and yet create masterpieces. I won't detail any of the storyline - I wouldn't want to spoil any aspect of the story for the listener. It is so cleverly put together and has a terrific twist and that is all I am going to say. A great read (or should I say story to have read to you!).

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By sarahmoose2000 on 03-12-12

So many coincidences

An actuary has an affair with the nanny, leading to the unwanted pregnancy and baby Ed. Ed is adopted and we follow him and the various members of his adoptive and birth families as they grow and unwittingly cross paths. Can't really say too much, without giving away vital plot spoilers!

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