Games of Chance Author:Thomas Hinde As in his brilliantly received "The Day the Call Came," Mr. Hinde returns again to that charged world between image and reality that makes his work so compulsively readable. This book is Janus-faced - a double-decker of suspenseful reading. It contains two novels, each displaying another facet of the confusion in contemporary life. — In "The Inte... more »rviewer," Thomas Hinde reveals with almost painful suspense the end result of an instance of invasion of privacy. Michael Vint, a sensitive man in an insensitive world, pursues his quest for the secret behind the life of writer Julian Gort and his enigmatic wife. He finds neither what he expected nor what his editor wanted. In searching for Gort, he is pursuing himself.
In "The Investigator," Mr. Hinde scratches below the facade of the business world to reveal what happens when Mr. Parks, the proverbial white-collar worker, begins to probe at both himself and the business society of which he is a part. Mr. Parks has invented a game for children called "Noose." The game, Mr. Parks's emotions, the ambiguity of business become entangled. Thomas Hinde unravels the threads of that very noose to show the strands of reality and illusion that are so often spliced together in contemporary society.
Thus, these two novels stand side by side, so that, like contrapuntal motifs, the doubts of one overflow into the certainties of the other and vice versa.« less