Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3) by Jeffrey Archer

By Jeffrey Archer

New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer continues his liked Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma ultimately commence development a contented life—but a perilous family members enemy is set to resurface

Best stored Secret opens a second after the tip of The Sins of the Father, with the answer of the trial and the victorious marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, ultimately uniting their kin. Harry, now a bestselling novelist, Emma, their son Sebastian, and orphaned Jessica make a brand new lifestyles for themselves, yet all isn't as chuffed and safe because it should be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a girl who could be extra drawn to Barrington's fortune and name than in a protracted and satisfied marriage. And Sebastian, even though he's brilliant, isn't particularly the difficult employee that his father was once in school, and reveals a troublesome time resisting the enticements that his a bit unsavory pals provide.

It all involves a head whilst a brand new villain is exposed, a face from the earlier with grudges opposed to either Harry and Giles—Fisher, who tortured Harry in school and later took credits for Giles' heroics through the battle. Fisher groups up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' most recent election in addition to meddle with affairs inside of Barringtons, whereas Harry and Emma needs to take care of a brand new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a meant pal. The drama keeps for Harry Clifton and his kinfolk, bringing this spell binding saga into the 1960s. 

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77 Why would local authorities and their peasant compaÂ�triÂ�ots ignore conventional wisdom regarding the dangers of wolves and embrace, however Â�provisionally, an emerging hypothesis about a mysterious creature—a monster—with fearsome abilities? The psychologically disorienting effect of living through a killing spree cannot be discounted, and the sense of anxiety prevailing among the beast’s opponents undoubtedly created a space where wild suspicions could flourÂ�ish. The absence of a fixed, reliable representation of the attacker or attackers not only encouraged the mind’s conflation of different incidents into one frightening phenomenon but also placed more weight on the terrified testimonies of individuals who had had fleeting encounters with a dangerous predator.

69 The eminently sensible Lafont remained open to the possibility that numerous wolves shared responsibility for the deaths in the Gévaudan. Nevertheless, in a letter written€to the intendant at the end of October, he also expressed the emerging consensus. ”70 Most seem to have been prepared, or inclined, to believe that the cruelties visited on the Gévaudan were the work of a uniquely destructive malefactor. The beast’s refusal to go away quietly had heightened the sensitivities of peasants, curés, and local ofÂ�fiÂ�cials, preparing all to witness the unexpected and to account for the extraordinary.

To kill time, he and his comrades probed the interior of the country in search of wild game native to the region. Forbin got more than he bargained for when, “in the time it took to glance from one side to the other, I saw a monstrous monkey coming toward me. It advanced with sparkling eyes and an air of assurance that would have frightened me had I not been armed. ” The monkey had apparently achieved impressive dimensions. “This was a terrifying animal. Its tail was long, like a lion’s. ”58 The characteristics of Forbin’s monkey overlapped with the emerging profile of the beast—the tail, the elongated figÂ�ure, the “sparkling” eyes (the rich semantic field of the adjective étincelant clearly straddled the realms of natural hisÂ�tory and sorcery).

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