Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett's first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author's most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah's Book Club pick. Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
Originally published under the pseudonym Zachary Stone, this is a happily rediscovered suspense thriller written in the mid-'70s by Follett, the bestselling author of Lie Down with Lions. Its plot, set in London, and intended to show that crime, high finance and journalism are corruptly interconnected, is, according to Follett, the cleverest he has ever devised. The fast-paced action spans, in hour-to-hour fashion, one day in the life of an evening newspaper and features an adulterous politician, a corrupt financier, a criminal gang, a mentally retarded youth and an eager cub reporter, their linked destinies all moving toward a singleand intensely excitingclimax. Though painted in broad brushstrokes, the characters seem compellingly real, as do their professional environments. Follett can proudly acknowledge this one. (October 16)
Praise for the novels of Ken Follett
"[A] celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes." --People
"Great entertainment." --The Baltimore Sun "Gripping." --The New York Times "Follett ratchets up the Richter scale of suspense." --USA Today "Follett really knows how to tell a story." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "His scenes whip along. And his ending is absolutely smashing." --The Virginian-Pilot "An altogether entertaining reading experience." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "A terrific page-turner. Careening thrills . . . telling historical detail . . . genuine surprises." --Los Angeles Times "Sheer suspense." --The Washington Post "Absolutely electric with suspense." --San Francisco Chronicle "Ken Follett has done it once more . . . goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." --The New York Times Book Review "The most exciting novel in years." --The Cincinnati Enquirer "Follett is a master of crafty plot and incredible detail." --Time