Item #50929 Virtue In Danger. Reggie Oliver.

Virtue In Danger

Zagava / Ex Occidente Press:
Dusseldorf / Bucharest: 2013
First edition, Hardcover, Limited, New sans dust jacket as issued,
285 pp.

A novel. An absolutely glorious production. An important event - a Reggie Oliver novel. In my humble opinion, the most collectable and desirable book to be published in the last year. Wow! This edition limited to 250 numbered copies. The first book to appear under the Zagava/Ex Occidente imprint. “At its headquarters, a former luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps, crisis is facing the Moral Regeneration Movement, a powerful modern, quasi-religious cult. Its founder and leader, Arnold Breitman is dying. Questions are already being asked about who is to succeed him. There are a number of likely candidates. They include a former tennis champion, a Swiss industrialist, a trade unionist and a doctor. But each of them hides a guilty secret. Into this troubled situation comes a world-weary professional actor, Ivor Smith who, quite by accident, finds himself at the very epicentre of the crisis, playing an unexpectedly influential role. The cast of characters also includes an exiled Balkan King, his ambitious queen, his twin daughters, a gay policeman, an assassin, a gossip columnist, a Lutheran Pastor with an obsession about goats and a host of others. Terrible secrets are revealed, uncontrollable passions are unleashed. The pace is furious. Comedy is rarely absent, but underneath runs a serious subtext. Questions about the nature of morality and the motivations of those who set themselves up as moral leaders are asked. All these elements are bound together into a terrific climax on a mountain top, followed by a joyous ending that might be described as ‘fairy tale’ if it were not laced with mordant wit.” #50929

Price: $185.00

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