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Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries Laurie R King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue terrorism and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest a man code named TouchstoneIt’s eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey’s life leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence and making social contact all but impossible Once studied by British intelligenc I usually like Laurie King's booksshe's on my author alert at the library but I took this out TWICE from the library and couldn't finish it either time The second time I didn't even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or readThe first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn't terribly interesting to me it takes place in the 1920s and involves espionage and one man who was left with psychic abilities from his injuries in WWI So perhaps this is a better book for someone who is interested in period pieces and warfare How Not to F*** Them Up years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey’s life leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence and making social contact all but impossible Once studied by British intelligenc I usually like Laurie King's booksshe's on my author alert at the library but I took this out TWICE from the library and couldn't finish it either time The second time I didn't even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or readThe first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn't terribly interesting to me it takes place in the 1920s and involves espionage and one man who was left with psychic abilities from his injuries in WWI So perhaps this is a better book for someone who is interested in period pieces and warfare

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Touchstone

Cts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even dangerously falling in love with another And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy and wonders if he can trust his touchstone Grey to reveal the most dangerous player of all Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought provoking exploration of the forces that drive history and human destinie I normally adore Laurie King but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book It was written in 3rd person omniscient so we could leap between people's heads but it was so jarring every time I felt like I never got the chance to care for anyone or hate the bad guys Maybe I'll try it again sometime but it just troubled me

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E for his uniue abilities Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey’s potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey’s help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the AtlanticHere among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter condu This is the kind of book that necessitates staring into space for an hour after you finish it Just to ponder The Knight (High Kingdom, you finish it Just to ponder


10 thoughts on “Touchstone

  1. says:

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work I didn't know about this novel First published in 2007 it's been a standalone work until recently when a second novel featuring the same main protagonists The Bones of Paris was published I like King's writing Her prose is excellent she does a good job creating interesting if not always believable characters her evocation of time and place is powerful and she weaves historical events and personalities into her stories in an interesting and unforced manner Touchstone is something of a departure from King's Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series and her earlier Kate Martinelli series Rather than crime fiction it's in the thriller genre The novel is set in England in 1926 in the lead up to a national strike in support of coal miners Harris Stuyvesant an agent with the Bureau of Investigation precursor to the FBI is in London following a lead in his investigation into a series of politically motivated bombings in the US He crosses paths with the sinister eminence grise Aldous Carstairs and shell shocked veteran Bennett Grey a man whose war injuries have given him a particular sensitivity to deception Grey is one of those interesting but not very believable characters King is particularly good at creating The narrative is in the third person omniscient style giving an old fashioned feel to the work which I uite like although the rapidity with which the perpective switches from one character to another was sometimes a little annoying Another feature of the work is its sedate pace I don't read many thrillers and I don't need my fiction to be action packed but even taking my patience with a slow narrative into account there were times when this one went too slowly for me There are too many cigarettes smoked too many cups of coffee drunk and too many drinking sessions and hangovers described in minute detail This does not make for a particularly thrilling thrillerI worked out well correctly guessed the identity of the perpetrator early on However I doubted myself because my guess didn't seem particularly credible And indeed the climax of the action was anything but credible However that happens in crime fiction and in thrillers too I suppose so there's no point in reading such novels at all if you can't cross the suspension bridge of disbelief and enjoy the view from the other side Notwithstanding my reservations I enjoyed the view enough to give this 3 to 35 stars I also liked it enough to move straight on to its newly published seuel What can I say it was there ready to go And it's set in 1920s Paris one of my favourite literary locations I listened to the audiobook version which is competently narrated by American actor Jefferson Mays He's not bad at the English voices although he mostly sounds like an American putting on an English accent and a Welsh accent proved beyond his ability and he doesn't come over all falsetto with the female characters All in all Mays made listening pleasant


  2. says:

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery Laurie King is the author of several excellent series the HolmesRussell books are among my all time favorites and this was definitely closer to the suspensethriller side of mystery than her others The story involves an FBI agent tracking down a terrorist in the 1920's who gets pulled into a creepy organization built around a man with a very disturbing ability The whole book has an air of melancholy and all of the characters are already wounded in some way whether physically or emotionally and only face of it during their lives Still it never really crosses into being maudlin probably because of the crisp action scenes and the humor of the setting Laurie King is truly a master storyteller and this book only misses a five because I compare it to The Beekeeper's Apprentice and A Monstrous Regiment of Women which I still think are better


  3. says:

    I usually like Laurie King's booksshe's on my author alert at the library but I took this out TWICE from the library and couldn't finish it either time The second time I didn't even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or readThe first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn't terribly interesting to me it takes place in the 1920s and involves espionage and one man who was left with psychic abilities from his injuries in WWI So perhaps this is a better book for someone who is interested in period pieces and warfare


  4. says:

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a bookit's time to put the book aside and move on to something else


  5. says:

    This is the kind of book that necessitates staring into space for an hour after you finish it Just to ponder


  6. says:

    Love the author's Russell Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonistHarris is an American Federal agent and he is on the hunt for a bomber who struck several times in the US but is an Englishman He takes leave and heads to England to track him down But this is no ordinary man and he circulates in the highest circles of English society So Harris is forced to elicit the help of a shady and shadowy member of British government who leads him to a man Bennett Grey gifted with an ability that this government man Carstairs wants to exploitWith the fragile Bennett at his side Harris infiltrates the group surrounding Benson through the aristocratic Hurleighs who Bennett and his sister who works with Benson's movement know since childhood The hunt is twisty and the game is deep No one is without secrets or an agenda But Harris has to figure it out before another incident happens and this time on English soil This sounds exciting in the blurb and it delivers on the promises there ButYeah there's a but There is soooooo much build up that this moves along at a snail's pace The characters the settings the historical backdrops the relationships the politics all take precedence so the forward motion is a hard slog I think what was truly hard for me was the fact that I figured this one out and why pretty much after the players and their situations were all introduced Not even the final twist was a shocker I do like my surprisesNow the stuff I did like were the characters and their interactions and even the atmosphere Harris was fantastic I loved spending time as he did his job He's a working class American who thinks for himself and has a bit of rebel in him and he is plopped right into the middle of staid English English ness LOL I know that sounds silly but that's what it was like He used the clod of an American role to his benefit as he moved around amongst the English upper classes and eually as snobby lower classes who get nervous with someone who doesn't know his place and doesn't fit into a niche Then there's Bennett Bennett has a gift that allows him to know when a person resonates true He barely survived the war and then was misused to test him And now he just wants to be left in peace But Harris barges into his life and Bennett agrees to help even though he has secrets of his ownThe historical setting felt right Post WWI England Political and Social unrest Wounded Vets Changing structure Precarious Economy High Society English country life and detection and espionage work of the time The dialogue dress mannerisms activities was all detailed in as background without pushing out the story Well other than the class wars and Political unrest which were big themesThe suspense is twisted and there are enough suspicious people to keep the reader occupied It's of a cerebral suspense than an action one Though Harris is the sort of hero that can deliver on the action and spying when called uponThere is a whiff of romance and an aching love affair but these are minor plots Though maybe later in the seriesSo this one was a plodder and not as devious as I like but it shows promise I definitely plan on continuing on to the next book


  7. says:

    I normally adore Laurie King but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy to the point where I got so angry I didn't want to finish the book It was written in 3rd person omniscient so we could leap between people's heads but it was so jarring every time I felt like I never got the chance to care for anyone or hate the bad guys Maybe I'll try it again sometime but it just troubled me


  8. says:

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the HolmesRussell series The Beekeeper's Apprentice Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles rather than those that build into a series but this one really sucked me inI admit I'm always intrigued by novels set during and around World War I perahps because it was such an awful landmark for modern warfare and its affect on both the world and individuals dealing with mechanized warfare and biological agents for the first time The trenches always chill me to the bone and this book uses echoes of that to discuss a lot of things heroism shell shock the aftereffects of being involved in that kind of way Of course as the book is set in 1926 there's also a lot of investigating the environment and politics that led to the beginnings of World War II Aside from all of that which has many connections to the distressing state of the world today this book is all about the characters and I loved them all As a mystery it isn't really much of one in that I pretty much guessed who the culprit was from almost the beginning of the book Then again I don't think the mystery was at all the point the point was how people got to that point and that is the far interesting storyI do hope she writes with these characters the novel ends in such a way that she very well could as I'd love to see them go forward


  9. says:

    This is a stand alone novel not related to either of her series It's 1926 and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other people's thoughts and who has been hiding in Cornwall for years Almost against his will Grey agrees to help Stuyvesant by gaining him entry into an elite milieu which includes Lady Laura Hurleigh who is devoting her life to social reform; charismatic politician Richard Bunsen; and Grey's sister Sarah Lady Laura's best friendIt's a good book in many ways but it lacks focus; it's not as tight as I think a suspense novel ought to be There are well developed complex characters but too many of them are POV characters six and I thought only four or five at most were necessary and King head hops occasionally There are lovely rich settings which are often over described The plot is intriguing but it takes forever to get going and occasionally bogs down in description and dialogue though the last hundred pages or so are uite tense I think Touchstone would have better if it had been shorter and tighter but I did enjoy it after finally getting absorbed in it due largely to King's richly developed characters


  10. says:

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller a stand alone book from King whom I love for her excellent series Set in the 1920s in an England torn between unions and a conservative government an American agent arrives seeking a terrorist suspect Secret agents and terrorists aren't really my favourite sort of books so it took me a little while to get past that after which I really enjoyed thisIt's not your average secret agent terrorist plot book of course there's the ex soldier with mysterious and debilitating abilities the charismatic politician the aristocratic family with ties to the unions it's wonderfully set up with fantastic characters as you expect from King and a conclusion that manages to devastate while still giving you some semblance of a happy ending