Contrary Pleasure Author:John D. MacDonald This is the story of a family manufacturing dynasty and of the forces that work to undercut its foundations, to buy it up as one more jewel on a giant conglomerate necklace, to wither its brains and rust its nerve ends. — It is the story of the Delevans, weak and strong, who balance greed against honor, comfort against happiness, deceit against t... more »he truth,
Evil cast long shadows.. . And touches the innocent along with the guilty in this powerful, probing novel of a family who can no longer hide from the world or from each other.
For years the Delavan image reflected only the best of everything-wealth, position, influence, and the kind of expensive good looks that takes generations to cultivate. No one dared suspect their glittering facade, their cherished privacy masked hidden lusts, furtive pleasures, and twisted dreams which would soon erupt into a pattern of strange violence that threatened to destroy them all.« less