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Touchstone

E for his uniue abilities Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey’s potential as a weapon in a vicious new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 AtlanticHere among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter condu This is the kind of book that necessitates staring into space for an hour after you finish it Just to ponder

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Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries Laurie R King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue terrorism and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest a man code named TouchstoneIt’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 intelligenc This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery Laurie King is the author of several excellent series the HolmesRussell books are among my all time favorites and this was definitely closer to the suspensethriller side of mystery than her others The story involves an FBI agent tracking down a terrorist in the 1920 s who gets pulled into a creepy organization built around a man with a very disturbing ability The whole book has an air of melancholy and all of the characters are already wounded in some way whether physically or emotionally and only face of it during their lives Still it never really crosses into being maudlin probably because of the crisp action scenes and the humor of the setting Laurie King is truly a master storyteller and this book only misses a five because I compare it to The Beekeeper s Apprentice and A Monstrous Regiment of Women which I still think are better

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Cts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even 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 Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought provoking exploration of the forces that drive history and human destinie I normally adore Laurie King but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy to the point where I got so angry I didn t want to finish the book It was written in 3rd person omniscient so we could leap between people s heads but it was so jarring every time I felt like I never got the chance to care for anyone or hate the bad guys Maybe I ll try it again sometime but it just troubled me


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10 thoughts on “Touchstone

  1. says:

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work I didn't know about this novel First published in 2007 it's been a standalone work until recently when a sec

  2. says:

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery Laurie King is the author of several excellent series the HolmesRussell books are among my all time favorites and this was definitely closer to the suspensethriller side of mystery than her others The story involves an FBI agent tracking down a te

  3. says:

    I usually like Laurie King's booksshe's on my author alert at the library but I took this out TWICE from the library and couldn't finish it either time The second time I didn't even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or readThe first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn't terribly interesting to me it takes place in t

  4. says:

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a bookit's time to put the book aside and move on to something else

  5. says:

    This is the kind of book that necessitates staring into space for an hour after you finish it Just to ponder

  6. says:

    Love the author's Russell Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the

  7. says:

    I normally adore Laurie King but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book It was written in 3rd person omniscient so we could leap between people's heads but it was so jarring every time I felt like I never got the chance to care for anyone

  8. says:

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the HolmesRussell series The Beekeeper's Apprentice Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles rather than those that build into a series but this one really sucked me inI admit I'm always intrigued by novels set during and around World War I perahps because it was such an awful landmark for mod

  9. says:

    This is a stand alone novel not related to either of her series It's 1926 and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other people's thoughts and who has been hiding

  10. says:

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller a stand alone book from King whom I love for her excellent series Set in the 1920s in an England torn between unions and a conservative government an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect Secret agents and terrorists aren't really my favourite sort of books so it took me a little while to get past that after which I really enjoyed thisIt's not yo

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