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The Take-over Paperback – 27 Apr 1978

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 April 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140045961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140045963
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Plot... 15 Mar. 2004
By Judy Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The time is now, the place is Italy, particularly the enchanted lake at Nemi, southeast of Rome, where the Temple of Diana once stood. The people form an extraordinary frieze of votaries of love and money, with the goddess-like American heiress Maggie at the center, justly famed for her beauty, her wealth, and the steeliness of her will.
To many, as to her old confidant, Hubert Mallindaine, Maggie is ever-tempting target for takeover. Indeed he lives...squats, some would say...in one of Maggie's houses, selling off her paintings and furniture and seeking to set up the cult of the ancestress he claims, Diana herself. An assortment of jew thieves, counterfeiters, art smugglers, adulterers, spongers, and fanatics, plus the international confidence man Coco de Renault, after nothing less than her entire fortune, seek to exploit Maggie. They find that those who serve themselves at her expense succeed only in serving her, as the dance goes on.
As witty as her other books!
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Great kindle bargain 30 Jan. 2014
By Carol Blank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am beyond best sellers, so always look for "literary fiction" from an earlier time in Kindle store. The author was familiar to me, so I took a chance. This took a little while to get into, but turned out to be really smart and absorbing.
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