where one’s treasure is
Harry Bennett is a professional scavenger who spent the last year of his life rotting away in a Barbados prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Then one morning a barrister from London shows up to announce Harry’s release from prison at the dying bequest of an old friend. The will of that friend lands Harry in the posh art world of Palm Beach, Florida and in the company of his friend’s granddaughter. Together they began to seek a treasure that had consumed their benefactor for many years. The search uncovers far more than either ever anticipated, including the murder of the man both loved dearly.
Gold of Kings is an intelligent, action-packed tale of loyalty, love, and obsession. Harry finds himself with his allegiance divided between three equal, yet very different kinds of loves: a woman who reminds him so much of the old man that trusted him when no one else would, a Federal Agent who first sees him as a suspect but ultimately captures his heart, and the gold fever both women fear still holds him firmly in its grip. Each of the main characters is driven by his or her own burning passion which at times threatens to rip the tenuous team apart. Which will win out? Will it be the drive for revenge or the desire to be professionally recognized? Or, in spite of Harry’s growing brotherly love for one and romantic love for another, will it be the gold that wins out in the end?
More recently T. Davis Bunn has been known for his collaboration with Janette Oke but in Gold of Kings he returns to a genre in which he is quite talented. This is suspense with a brain and a heart. The villain is deadly, illusive, and smart. But, unlike many suspense novels these days his methods of killing do not take center stage. Harry Bennett isn’t perfect and still has a little larceny left in him at the end of the story. But, he has also learned much about what is of real value. He discovers the greatest protagonist each of us faces is our heart. And, the greatest treasure is more lasting even than the Gold of Kings.
Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: May 2009
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