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The Legacy

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"Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy this intricate, fascinating, and original novel. Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred) "An intelligent and engaging novel that is dense, intricate, detailed, acutely observed, and beautifully written in a voice that is measured and consistent from start to finish." "--Debra Adelaide, author of The Household Guide to Dying "The most satisfying novel I've read all year." --Bookseller + Publisher (***1/2 stars) "Full of suave and stunning evocations of Sydney and Manhattan, this sparkling and spacious novel captures the smell and sap of young people half in love with everyone they're vividly aware of, and groping to find themselves like the answer to an erotic enigma." -- Peter Craven, The Monthly (Australia) "I don't know where I've read a better evocation of the unbearable pain of unrequited love than in the measured rhythms and cadences of Tranter's prose.... The Legacy is so accomplished, it's difficult to believe it's a first novel... It demands your full attention and only reluctantly releases you from its clutches to go about your daily life. It's the kind of novel that makes you wish for a mildly debilitating illness to keep you in bed for a couple of days." --The Australian Literary Review "A gripping and deeply moving novel." --The Australian Literary Review "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.... 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." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Australian author Tranter makes her splendid debut with this novel about friendship, love, abuse and deceit.... Tranter's writing is as rich and luxurious as heavy, expensive brocade. The characters' names and many aspects of the plot will remind readers of Henry James' Portrait of a Lady.... It's a goldmine of literary references, and finding them can be both fun and challenging. A promising beginning to what will undoubtedly be a successful writing career." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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