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The Gun Runner's Daughter: A Novel

by Neil Gordon

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In 1995, Neil Gordon's Sacrifice of Isaac was one of the most acclaimed novels of the year. Newsday said it "immediately vaults Gordon into the company of John le Carr√© and Graham Greene." The Washington Post called it "one of those rare works of fiction that are both edifying and almost sinfully pleasurable." The San Francisco Chronicle described it as "the best kind of page-turner." ------ Now Neil Gordon returns with The Gun Runner's Daughter, an equally compelling tale of moral and psychological suspense, the story of two lawyers who fall in love while they are on opposite sides of an arms-dealing scandal. ------ For twenty-seven years, Allison Rosenthal has lived the life of the liberal elite, from summers in Martha's Vineyard to her studies at Yale. But when her father is indicted on federal charges and his profession--arms dealing--is exposed to public scrutiny, her placid life changes radically. And when her secret childhood lover is named as her father's prosecuting attorney, she must decide where her loyalties lie in a trial that is rocking the presidential administration. ------ Does family come before politics? Love before law? Truth before loyalty? These are the questions the gun runner's daughter must face as she tries to negotiate the dangerous and murky world of her father's profession and the ambiguous morality of power politics in America and Israel. In this audaciously entertaining intellectual thriller, Neil Gordon brings the personal and political together with the mastery of a great storyteller.… (more)
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"She was quiet, thinking, for a long time, so long that he asked her what it was. And she answered, hesitantly: 'They were beginners, you mean. Two years ago, when they hatched this thing. The problem is, if they really don't have the will for this prosecutin, they're not going to come out and say that. They're going to let you say it for them. By losing.'"

The plot of the story is: Ronald Rosenthal sells weapons to the muslims in Bosnia under the wink and nod of the Clinton administration. When a reporter breaks the news of the sale, the federal government arrests and prosecutes Rosenthal to cover their a--. Citizen of both the US and Israel, Rosenthal flees to Israel, where he is regarded as a folk hero. Dee Dennis, the lead prosecutor for the gov't, realizes he had a fling with Rosenthal's daughter, and when he talks to her to see if she'll tell about it, they begin another tryst. Allison Rosenthal takes up the mantle of her namesake, Esther, to destroy the prosecutions case and set her father free.

Simply said: This book was absolutely horrid. The writing was thick and dense, with stops and starts that nearly made me carsick. The characters were shallow and unrelateable. Having never been a jet setting, ivy league, Washington insider, with a house in NY, DC, and Martha's Vineyard, I really could not care less if the world burned around them. As much as I like crime novels and intrigue, this book not only couldn't get off the ground, but it belongs 6 ft. under it.

The only good thing about this book is if there's a blizzard and you have no heat, at least "The Gun Runner's Daughter" is flammable. ( )
3 vote thekoolaidmom | May 6, 2008 |
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