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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 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 modern warfare and its affect on both the world and individuals dealing with mechanized warfare and biological agents for the first time The trenches always chill me to the bone and this book uses echoes of that to discuss a lot of things heroism shell shock the aftereffects of being involved in that kind of way Of course as the book is set in 1926 there s also a lot of investigating the environment and politics that led to the beginnings of World War II Aside from all of that which has many connections to the distressing state of the world today this book is all about the characters and I loved them all As a mystery it isn t really much of one in that I pretty much guessed who the culprit was from almost the beginning of the book Then again I don t think the mystery was at all the point the point was how people got to that point and that is the far interesting storyI do hope she writes with these characters the novel ends in such a way that she very well could as I d love to see them go forward

REVIEW 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E for his uniue abilities Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey’s potential as a weapon in a vicious new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


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. 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 second novel featuring the same main protagonists The Bones of Paris was published I like King s writing Her prose is excellent she does a good job creating interesting if not always believable characters her evocation of time and place is powerful and she weaves historical events and personalities into her stories in an interesting and unforced manner Touchstone is something of a departure from King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series and her earlier Kate Martinelli series Rather than crime fiction it s in the thriller genre The novel is set in England in 1926 in the lead up to a national strike in support of coal miners Harris Stuyvesant an agent with the Bureau of Investigation precursor to the FBI is in London following a lead in his investigation into a series of politically motivated bombings in the US He crosses paths with the sinister eminence grise Aldous Carstairs and shell shocked veteran Bennett Grey a man whose war injuries have given him a particular sensitivity to deception Grey is one of those interesting but not very believable characters King is particularly good at creating The narrative is in the third person omniscient style giving an old fashioned feel to the work which I uite like although the rapidity with which the perpective switches from one character to another was sometimes a little annoying Another feature of the work is its sedate pace I don t read many thrillers and I don t need my fiction to be action packed but even taking my patience with a slow narrative into account there were times when this one went too slowly for me There are too many cigarettes smoked too many cups of coffee drunk and too many drinking sessions and hangovers described in minute detail This does not make for a particularly thrilling thrillerI worked out well correctly guessed the identity of the perpetrator early on However I doubted myself because my guess didn t seem particularly credible And indeed the climax of the action was anything but credible However that happens in crime fiction and in thrillers too I suppose so there s no point in reading such novels at all if you can t cross the suspension bridge of disbelief and enjoy the view from the other side Notwithstanding my reservations I enjoyed the view enough to give this 3 to 35 stars I also liked it enough to move straight on to its newly published seuel What can I say it was there ready to go And it s set in 1920s Paris one of my favourite literary locations I listened to the audiobook version which is competently narrated by American actor Jefferson Mays He s not bad at the English voices although he mostly sounds like an American putting on an English accent and a Welsh accent proved beyond his ability and he doesn t come over all falsetto with the female characters All in all Mays made listening pleasant

About the Author: Laurie R. King

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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 recentl

  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 terrorist in the 1920's who gets pulled into a creepy organization built around a ma

  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 ei

  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 se

  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 w

  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 b

  9. says:

    This is a sta

  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

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