Janus Island Author:Sloan Wilson At forty-five, Ben Powers finds his twenty-year marriage on the rocks and his once brilliant career as a television writer washed up. His son is a stranger to him and his daughter is too wrapped up in her own life to give him much thought. Alone and financially crippled, he seeks solace in twenty-eight-year-old Penny Savodi, whose recent disap... more »pointment in love has left her emotionally drained and pathetically vulnerable.
Ben invites Penny to accompany him for the weekend to the Long Island estate of an old friend, millionaire Nort Clay, with whom his life has been intertwined since childhood days on Janus Island, off the Florida Keys. Nort, who is verging on paranoia, regards Penny with hostility and suspicion.
From a life of repeated and humiliating failures Nort has devised one last scheme to recoup his prestige and self-assurance: convinced that several gold cannons were sunk off the coast of Janus Island during the seventeenth century, he has devised an elaborate plan to salvage them. Since the search must be conducted in great secrecy, a diversionary ploy will be created in the form of a documentary film about a scientifically conducted treasure hunt. Ben is unable to resist Nort's offer of writing and directing the film, and of spending some months with Penny on Janus Island, but he is uneasy about Nort's mental state and about Nancy Clay's somewhat sinister attentions.
The first few days on the island seem idyllic, but as the search progresses badly, North becomes more psychotic and the action more frenetic till the final shocking climax is reached.
JANUS ISLAND is full of suspenseful action, but it is also the story of a tender love affair between two people, deeply hurt, who grasp desperately at one last chance of happiness and fulfillment.« less