- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006475949
- ISBN-13: 978-0006475941
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Touch of Innocents Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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'A new and even nastier political villain! wickedly captivating.' Daily Express 'I ended up sitting up till the early hours, and for the next few days scenes and people kept going around in my head. You can't ask for more.' Jeremy Paxman 'A characteristic Dobbs tale, with the authentic stink of corruption. The Touch of Innocents is pure entertainment.' Daily Telegraph 'Dobbs has done it again! he's created an MP of breathtaking immorality.' Today
From the Back Cover
Isadora Dean would never remember what happened during the last terrible moments before her car crashed – but one thing she did know: her baby had not died in the crash. Her baby had been taken away from her by a girl whose face she would never, ever forget, a girl who haunted her dreams. But who could she get to believe her? Not the doctors, not the police – not even her husband. Most women would have given up in despair – but Izzy was a fighter, a brilliantly successful news correspondent. She would find her baby whatever it took – if Bella was still alive…
Compelling drama from Michael Dobbs, author of the superb political thrillers, 'House Of Cards' and 'To Play The King'.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the House of Cards series. (Though I thought the TV series, thanks to Ian Richardson was far better.)
But this? It's a stinker. A full-blooded stinker. In fact, although it's still February, I don't think I'll read a worse book this year. Sure Jeremy Paxman liked it according to the reviews, and another critic said it had scenes that would live long in the memory.
Yeah. Like you tend to recall the time you got drunk and hungover for a very long time, because basically you didn't realise that life had anything as painful and - well horrible - up its sleeve.
In short, US reporter Izzie has a crash, thinks she's killed her baby daughter, and based on a sort of vision she has and the babblings of her other little child decides that her kid has been kidnapped. In the end - aw, you guessed, didn't you? - she gets the kid back. Sorry if I've spoiled it for you, but from Page 1 you can guess what's going to happen.
Daniel, a reporter for a local Wessex paper who is Irish - proved by the fact that he corrects someone who says 'youwon the war' by pointing out that it was the the English who won it - and is also a recovering drug addict, proved by the fact that he knows how and where to score and talk about drugs. He then dies, mercifully, by falling off a balcony. Less mercifully, he doesn't do it early on enough.
A couple of US media players who have little to do except be sexist.
A junky whore who is the daughter of the chief baddy, Devereux.
A coroner who is busted by the Vice Squad and put out of harm's way because they found him tied up and covered with liqueurs (how come they're so horrified by that?).Read more ›
American investigative journalist has a car accident and suffers life threatening injuries whilst her child is unharmed and baby (allegedly) killed outright. After a few days of waking up she bumps into the Secretary of State for Defence, formerly the health minister, who just invites her to stay at his house. Suspicious? No just codswallop.
The mortuary is open to stroll in and the pathologist examines a body whilst it is covered by a sheet (presumably he finds forensic pathology lacks challenge otherwise), a meeting with her consultant psychologist is accompanied by a consultant neurologist and the hospital manager - on the NHS? Is he taking the pee? The local bank branch isn't a small converted shop but a large and imposing building which has not one but two bank managers. Her husband, on finding out his baby died and child is potentially traumatised in a road accident says he's too busy with work to take a flight and can he have the address of the hospital to serve divorce papers. Every paragraph has a transparent character doing something literally unbelievable. Utter tosh best avoided.
Devereux was not our House of Cards character standard.
I did enjoy it and it would make a good 2 parter for TV.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A political thriller of the first order, always enjoy Michael Dobbs. Believable- and that's what is scary about his writing.
It is only a novel?