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The Pleasure is in the Detail,
This review is from: The Masters (Strangers and Brothers Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
The story is a simple one: thirteen men must elect a candidate for the position of Master. There are two candidates and two parties line up behind them.
Snow explores the characters as they form alliances, lobby, huddle, argue, negotiate, spin and float. He exposes their motivations, reactions, flaws and strengths in breathtaking detail. As the story reaches its climax, it gathers pace and Snow throws a few curved balls into the mix.
Nothing much happens in the enclosed college setting and yet I find Snow's analysis of human nature and politics a page-turner. I read this novel - I believe it's his best and has stood the test of time - every five years or so, and I still find it illuminating and exciting, even though I know the result.