Harlequin Author:Morris West Like "The Salamander," its global best-selling predecessor, "Harlequin" takes the form of a thriller, with all the action, excitement and surprise that the term implies. At the same time it explores in depth a contemporary phenomenon as fateful as it is terrifying. — The focus is on the new wholesalers of violence. These are the men who, throug... more »h the sophisticated use of computers, literally program human beings to murderous acts, assembling the personnel and procedures for a hijacking or kidnapping here, a quiet assassination there.... This time the target for take-over is a highly reputable family-owned Swiss bank with branches in a number of capitals of the world. In the process governments are suborned, reputations diminished or ruined, lives snuffed out, and even decent men driven themselves to violence as the only antidote. The settings are Geneva, London, Washington, Mexico City, New York. The time is now.
A page-turner if there ever was one,"Harlequin" remains an eloquently serious achievement. The questions it poses are deeply disturbing. For example, in a lawless society, is one justified in taking the law into his own hands?
Perhaps in an upside-down world only the harlequin, the clown, has the final answers. Yet the moral stance in these pages seems clear: in a world in which money and power, sustained by violence, are the only watchwords, "the Year of the Assassins" has no end.
Great condition for its age! Jacket also good, with a little edgewear.« less