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The Gold Swan : A Novel
by James Thayer
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684862867, Hardcover)James Stewart Thayer, a former attorney turned thriller writer who keeps getting better with every new novel, offers a provocative story about an extraordinary new Hong Kong tower--the Gold Swan of the title--whose success or failure will affect the geopolitical ambitions of the Chinese government and make or break the fortunes of architect John Llewellyn, a maverick in the Frank Gehry tradition whose one-time college roommate is now China's Premier. Meanwhile, former FBI agent Clay Williams, head of security for the project, is approached by intermediaries for a powerful Triad leader whose grandson's kidnapping seems linked to the imminent collapse of the Swan--as well as to the murder of Clay's father. Some readers may want to skim over Thayer's detailed description of the engineering challenges involved in the construction of such an innovative building, but they don't slow down the plot or get in the way of his deft characterizations, especially of Llewellyn. The Gold Swan is a slick, smart read. --Jane Adams
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:21 -0400)
As a huge skyscraper being built to honor China's five thousand years of civilization nears completion, it is also on the point of collapse, and architect Carrie Hall and ex-FBI agent Clay Williams must uncover the truth.
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