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The birthday present

A Novel

1st ed.

Published by Shaye Areheart Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter--a beautiful, leggy, married woman named Hebe--the two become lovers obsessed with their trysts, spiced up by what the newspapers like to call "adventure sex." It's the dress-up and role-play that inspire Ivor to create a surprise birthday present for his beloved that involves a curbside kidnapping. It's all intended as mock-dangerous foreplay, but then things take a dark turn. After things go horribly wrong, Ivor begins to receive anonymous letters that reveal astonishingly specic details about the affair and its aftermath. Somehow he must keep his role from being uncovered--and his political future from being destroyed by scandal. Like a heretic on the inquisitor's rack, Ivor is not to be spared the exquisitely slow and tortuous unfolding of events, as hints, nuances, and small revelations lay his darkest secrets hideously bare for all the world to see. The Birthday Present is a deft, insightful, and compulsively readable exploration of obsessive desire--and the dark twists of fate that can shake the lives of even those most insulated by privilege, sophistication, and power.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.914
Library of Congress
PR6068.E63 B57 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23120282M
Internet Archive
birthdaypresent00vine_0
ISBN 10
0307451984
ISBN 13
9780307451989
LC Control Number
2008050234
OCLC/WorldCat
232980251
Library Thing
5919204
Goodreads
4762404
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