Amazing Faith

Leslie Waller, Author McGraw-Hill Companies $0 (240p) ISBN 978-0-07-067932-0
Yesterday's headlines play a large part in Waller's slick new novel. Amazing Faith is Her Serene Highness Princess Faith, wife of Prince Florian Gulda, ruler of San Sebastian, a small principality on the Mediterranean. Like its neighbor, Monaco, San Sebastian is a glittery watering hole for the rich and famous, and its princess, like Monaco's, was once an American film star, renowned for a certain elegant sexuality. The plot involves a scheme by organized crime to gain control of San Sebastian's lucrative gambling operations by financing a new harbor. Intrigue exists on all levels. Even the Guldas' son Michele and daughter Paola become involved. Faith's long-time friend, singer Maggie Rose, has criminal associates, and palace chauffeur Eugenio Magari is in reality an officer in San Sebastian's secret police. Also making appearances are various palace functionaries and Hollywood types. Unfortunately, the characterizations are lax, motivations often muddled, the pacing slow. Waller, who is perhaps best known for his nonfiction books, Dog Day Afternoon and Hide in Plain Sight, barely keeps the pot boiling in this one. Literary Guild selection. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-20451-0
Hardcover - 357 pages - 978-0-8161-4733-5
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