Large Print - 2008 | Center Point large print ed.
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Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries, Laurie R. King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest--a man code-named . . . It's eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey's life, leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence, and making social contact all but impossible. Once studied by British intelligence for his unique abilities, Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world--until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey's potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare. Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey's help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side--a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated, among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter conducts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government, Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and--even more dangerously--falling in love with another. And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust his touchstone, Grey, to reveal the most dangerous player of all .... Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate, Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought- provoking exploration of the forces that drive history--and human destinies.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2008.
Edition: Center Point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602851313
Branch Call Number: Large Print Fic
Characteristics: 736 p. ; 23 cm.


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KCLSLibsRecommend Mar 19, 2014

A suspenseful tale set in the English countryside circa 1926. Politics, old families, class struggle, and love set the stage for this compelling drama. The story opens as FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant arrives in England to ‘informally’ follow the trail of a possible bomb making union organizer. Stuyvesant is inadvertently put in touch with a very shadowy British operative whose motives for helping Stuyvesant are at best questionable. The touchstone in ‘Touchstone’ is a British veteran of WWI by the name of Bennett Grey whose uncanny abilities have been useful to the British in the past and Stuyvesant looks like the perfect patsy to bring him back into the fold. The story is further complicated by Grey’s sister Sarah, who Stuyvesant seems to be falling for. This is a page turner with a surprise ending that will leave you wanting more.

Apr 23, 2013

I found that this book was hard to understand and to keep track of the characters and plot line at first - but once I got past the first few chapters, it was quite interesting. I love Ms King's Mary Russell series but be prepared that this was quite different in style.
The character development was quite interesting though and well worth the effort if you choose to hang in there!

Apr 18, 2013

King is one of my favorite authors, but after 125 pages this book could just not hold me; I had to give up on it.

Nov 28, 2010

Admittedly, a difficult book to get into, and even more a struggle to stick with at times. I probably would have put it down if King weren't one of my most favorite authors. Yet, in the end, the way it all comes together rather blew my mind. The detailed way in which each character's class, belief system and personality interact with the others' -- this is the only reason what happens can and does happen. It is therefore an intricate portrait of how culture and personality and the times in which we find ourselves influence our actions. In the end, this one of my favorite books. But as I said, you have to be willing to work for this reward.


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