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The legacy : a novel
Kirsten Tranter
Adult Fiction TRANTER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This hypnotic debut from Australian author Tranter pays homage to Henry James's A Portrait of a Lady while offering a suspenseful story line worthy of Patricia Highsmith. Gorgeous, wealthy Australian Ingrid Holburne takes a break from her college studies to attend the Venice Biennale, where she meets much older art dealer Gil Grey, who manages the career of his artist daughter, Fleur, 13 and a child prodigy. After a whirlwind courtship, Ingrid marries Gil, to the dismay of Ingrid's close half-cousin, Ralph, and their mutual friend, Julia Alpers. When Ingrid apparently perishes in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, Ralph, still grieving almost a year after September 11, asks Julia to go to New York to learn more about what happened. What Julia uncovers is a rat's nest of clues that slowly and seductively drive the action to a shocking conclusion. While Tranter's sedate pacing avoids typical thriller antics and conventional crime plot twists, she raises some wickedly keen questions about art world wheeling and dealing. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Tranter's debut, well received in her native Australia, is an intriguing blend of mystery, romance about unrequited love, bildungsroman, and homage to Henry James's Portrait of a Lady. The novel begins one year after 9/11 and Ingrid's death in the World Trade Center. Unable to travel because of a congenital heart condition, Ingrid's grieving cousin Ralph asks Julia Alpers to investigate Ingrid's New York life. Years earlier at university in Sydney, Julia had formed a close friendship with Ralph and the beautiful, brilliant, and wealthy Ingrid, a true golden girl.ÅTraveling to Manhattan, Julia contacts Ingrid's friends and family and gradually uncovers the details of Ingrid's abusive marriage to older, sophisticated Gil Grey. In examining Ingrid's life, Julia remembers her own complicated college relationships and realizes that the past has overshadowed her present-and future-life. Verdict Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy this intricate, fascinating, and original novel. Highly recommended.-Cheryl L. Conway, Univ. of Arkansas Libs., Fayetteville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ingrid Holburne
Met her husband in Venice and moved from Australia to New York City; works on rare, ancient texts for Columbia University; presumed to have died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Art restorer

Gil Grey
Much older than his wife, Ingrid; his teenage daughter is an artist and a prodigy.
Art dealer

Julia Alpers
Ingrid's best friend; investigating Ingrid's death.

Ingrid's half cousin.

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