The Conspirators

Pop Sensation: Paperback 382: The Conspirators / Frank Kane (Dell First Edition C127)

Thriller at Sea

Frank Kane’s 1962 novel is a terrific find and, in some ways, a far more complex story than Kane’s usual detective fare. This is an ensemble piece with a number of characters setting off for a cruise in Carter’s personal yacht, including his unfaithful wife, his lawyer, his secretary, and others all of whom schemed against Carter, the meanest scroogiest millionaire ever. And Carter is successful because he never forgets and forgives a slight. What Kane does with this nautical adventure is he creates flawed characters and strips them to their desperate frightened selves and quickly breaks them down. Greed, lust, humiliation, fear, meanness, and betrayal all loom large as this story plays out.

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