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Touchstone: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Laurie R. King (Author)

Series: Harris Stuyvesant (1)

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It's eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey's life, leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence, and making social contact all but impossible. Once studied by British intelligence for his unique abilities, Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world -- until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey's potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare. Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey's help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side -- a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated, among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter conducts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government, Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and -- even more dangerously -- falling in love with another. And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust his touchstone, Grey, to reveal the most dangerous player of all ...… (more)
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Title:Touchstone: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel
Authors:Laurie R. King (Author)
Info:Bantam (2008), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
Collections:Your library, mystery books
Rating:***1/2
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Touchstone by Laurie R. King (2007)

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Thank God it's over.
I've really enjoyed what I've read of her other books, and my husband adores the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series, but this one was just plain bad. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
She is one of my favorite authors and I was both disappointed and eager to see new characters. This is a very detailed and accurate-feeling historical piece, post World War I. The characters and setting are stunning, but the pacing dragged for me. The book has a strong and beautiful pathos. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I loved this book!! Another amazing read, and very thorough, too! The main characters were compelling and I am going to miss them, now that I am done... :( ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Excellent. Lots of strange pieces to it that don't always gell. I thought the most interesting and puzzling part was the ending - so I can't talk about it without spoiling it. Definitely worth the read. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
I always enjoy Laurie King's books, and have read all of her Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books, but somehow overlooked this quasi-standalone novel. I enjoyed the characters and the period details, but somehow couldn't quite accept everything as realistic. Despite that, I couldn't put the book down and continued reading via Kindle on my phone in the car! ( )
  Spencer28 | Oct 21, 2016 |
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It's eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey's life, leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence, and making social contact all but impossible. Once studied by British intelligence for his unique abilities, Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world -- until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey's potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare. Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey's help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side -- a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated, among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter conducts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government, Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and -- even more dangerously -- falling in love with another. And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust his touchstone, Grey, to reveal the most dangerous player of all ...

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