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The Garden of Betrayal [Hardcover]

Lee Vance
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1 Aug 2010
Energy analyst Mark Wallace is a Wall Street legend, but he may know too much. A new Russian pipeline poised to revolutionize the oil industry has just exploded - and Mark can prove it was no accident. Seven years ago, Mark's son was kidnapped. His family was ripped apart by grief, but with no motive and no body, the police were at a loss. Today, Mark receives a lead for the very first time. Is it a coincidence? Or is his son's disappearance linked to the attack on the pipeline? Frantically searching for a link between an incipient energy war and his family's tragedy, Mark begins to unearth a vast conspiracy. With the help of his computer-hacker daughter and still-grieving wife, he struggles to learn what happened to his son, and to identify the plotters before it's too late.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848875789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848875784
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just now and then a new thriller comes along that knocks your socks off, a book that fizzes with energy and comes complete with a plot to die for, characters that you care about and a denouement that forces that breath out of your body... Taut as a wire, this is the best debut thriller I've read this year - by a country mile --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lee Vance is a graduate of Harvard Business School and a retired general partner of Goldman Sachs Group. He and his family lived in London for eight years before returning home to New York City, where he now lives with his wife and three children. His interests include squash, skiing and biking.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read 16 Aug 2010
Literally could not put the second half down and finished just as the Gatwick Express was rolling into Victoria.

Lost count of the number of twists and turns to the plot. Lots of sudden reversals and surprises with plenty of build up along the way.

I work in the financial industry and it all rang true. But book is also very accessible in the way it explains some of the forces at work on Wall Street without gumming up the plot.

The first person narration was a bit of a jolt when leaving the prologue but actually worked extremely well given the tragedy and adventures that Mark Wallaces faces.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish 12 Mar 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
The adage is that you should never judge a book by its cover. The cover of this book suggests some kind of major action taking place in the field, together with a quote promising "ripsnorting action" that comes from a New York Times review (that oddly cannot be found on the New York Times website). My own experience was quite the opposite. This is a sluggish, overly complicated thriller which takes a very long time to get going and then becomes immensely silly once it does.

The hero is Mark Wallace, an energy analyst working on Wall Street. His teenage son Kyle disappeared seven years ago after being abducted off the street. Mark spent many years trying to find his son and still has a close relationship with the lead detective on the case, but his marriage is creaking under the stresses. Suddenly out of nowhere, the detective receives some promising new information on the case. At the same time, Wallace is approached by a woman who offers him some highly confidential information about Saudi oil reserves and there is a terrorist attack on an oil pipeline in Finland. Can there be some connection between all of these events?

Lee Vance is a former general partner in Goldman Sachs and his financial industry background is apparent: the details about Wallace's job and contacts ring true. However he is less accomplished at crafting a thriller with momentum. The first half the book is intriguing but very slow. The best thriller writers know how to hone their writing so that it carries you forward relentlessly. Instead the book took me several days to read and I never felt the urge to pick it up again. In the second half things do speed up, but then the plot becomes overly reliant on happy coincidences, new characters and unlikely revelations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Really good. 18 Dec 2010
This was a really enjoyable read with a lot of good ingredients. Briefly, the setting is New York as a broker to the oil industry tries to deal with an apparent threat to global supplies as well as the kidnap of his son seven years earlier.

We have a well-constructed plot and good writing. Vance does very well in developing the mystery and withholding always enough to keep the reader interested. The protagonist, who delivers the story in the first person, is a very likeable character. Importantly, we don't have too much nonsense as Vance sticks with reality for the most part.

In short, this was a very engaging story delivered convincingly. Vance is a new discovery for me, but I'll be certain to look out for more of his work. 9/10

(I think this may be one of my first Kindle reads where typos were not an issue!)
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