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The Garden Of Betrayal (edition 2011)

by Lee Vance

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Title:The Garden Of Betrayal
Authors:Lee Vance
Info:Charnwood (2011), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover, 440 pages
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Another book I bought upon a recommendation (again, I think from The Economist) was "Garden of Betrayal", by Lee Vance. This is the story of Mark, a Wall Street high-flyer who has it all, until one evening his son Kyle vanishes, snatched off the streets of New York City. Years go by and Mark's family almost disintegrates. He immerses himself in work, analysing news events from around the world and alerting his clients what to buy and what to sell. One day, when a natural gas pipeline in Russia gets blown to pieces and, apparently unconnected, new information about Kyle comes up. Mark and his daughter embark a chase for Kyle, the personal getting tangled in international politics and intrigue. "Garden of Betrayal" is a great thriller. ( )
  ashergabbay | Jul 8, 2013 |
The different parts that comprise the whole in this book are varied and make for a truly absorbing story. This author mixes family drama, big business greed and world events in a very convincing, fast paced writing style. At the center of the plot is Mark, his family and an international scheme to create a global energy monopoly. The author seamlessly interweaves two main threads. One follows the abduction of Mark’s son seven years ago and deals with the emotional fallout caused by this event. Mark is not able to move beyond the loss of his son Kyle and is obsessed with finding out what happened to him. Mark and his family are real and believable. And because the characters are so well developed, you become emotionally invested and want to keep reading to find out what happens as each member deals with both everyday issues and the darker issues stemming from the abduction of Kyle. On another level Vance masterfully creates an intelligent thriller with political undertones. The author’s passion for the corruption in the oil industry shines through and certainly seems plausible enough to happen in real life, especially given Vance’s background as head of Goldman Sach’s energy desk for over twenty years. In short a nicely plotted thriller for those who like this genre

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  Princetonbookreview | Jan 6, 2011 |
Now this is something I rarely do. I am going to write a short review based on the first 115 pages of this book. WOW! Fantastic! Mesmerising! I am reading this book at about half the speed of normal. I don't want to miss a single nuance. If you want to get an insight into the world of high finances (and I do mean high!), get this book.

Mark Wallace publishes a financial newsletter. His life is turned upside down when his son is kidnapped. I cannot imagine how many twists and turns will take place before I finish this book, but couldn't wait to tell someone about it. ( )
  StanSki | Aug 19, 2010 |
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Manhattan, 2002: Mark Wallace has it all—he’s married to Claire, the love of his life; they have two bright, beautiful children, and his is a high-powered Wall Street job. Until one night while on a neighborhood errand by himself, his twelve-year-old son, Kyle, vanishes, brutally snatched off the streets of New York.
Seven years later, Kyle has never been found. The loss, guilt, and mystery surrounding their son’s disappearance have almost destroyed the Wallaces’ marriage, leaving their daughter alienated and distant. Mark has thrown himself into his work—he is now an energy markets consultant for a private hedge fund run by the father of a friend—and, though successful, is living on emotional autopilot.

Now, on the same day that a natural gas pipeline in remote western Russia is blown up by suspected terrorists, a new lead opens in Kyle’s case. When the very next day a colleague slips Mark classified information on Saudi oil production and then suddenly turns up dead, apparently a suicide, it remains for Mark, with the help of his technophile daughter and still-grieving wife, to find the sinister connections among everything that’s going on. Their personal struggle is equally compelling—three people who must once again learn how to be a family.
Politically savvy, emotionally complex, and frighteningly believable, The Garden of Betrayal is a tense and timely imagining of the casualties of recession-era Wall Street gaming and the backroom global oil wars, a riveting, compulsive read that will grip you from first page to last. It also places Lee Vance on the level of today’s best and best-selling thriller writers—Richard North Patterson, Christopher Reich—who not only thrill us but make us think.

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Manhattan, 2002. Mark has it all: Claire, the love of his life; two beautiful children; a high-powered Wall Street job. Until one night while on a neighborhood errand by himself, his twelve-year-old son, Kyle, vanishes: brutally snatched off the streets of New York. Nine years later, on the same day that a natural gas pipeline in Russia is blown up be terrorists, a new lead opens up in Kyle's case. There can't possibly be a connection... can there?… (more)

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