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Joanne Harris

Gentlemen and Players

Joanne Harris Gentlemen And Players
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For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. This year, however, the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike, beginning as small annoyances but soon escalating in both number and consequence. St. Oswald's is unraveling, and only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. But he faces a formidable opponent with a bitter grudge and a master strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final, deadly move.

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“[A] clever story of obsession and revenge . . . .[Harris] has scored another success.”

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“[A] disturbing yet strangely rewarding morality tale . . . Not every chess game ends with a checkmate.”

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“[A] gripping psychological thriller. . . . [Harris] cleverly keeps the reader guessing till the very last chapter.

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“[A] masterful literary thriller.”

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“[A] tense, perspective-shifting narrative ... [A] page-turning climax that ... avoids the easy out of a tidy ending.”

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“[An] enjoyable mystery romp.”

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“[Harris] turns to the literary thriller, with stunning results . . . This is one hypnotic page-turner.”

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“A complex, well-crafted murder mystery, with its author’s trademark blend of wit, wisdom and magic.”

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“A cunning, high-brow cat-and-mouse tale ... [W]ill keep even the sharpest readers off-guard.”

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“A literary gobstopper with an aniseed heart.”

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“A strong psychological mystery.”

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“Best of all is a dazzling climactic twist . . . . its last move is a winner.”

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“Don’t start this one late in the evening, unless you plan to stay up all night. It’s that gripping.”

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“Far darker than Chocolat author Harris’s previous books, this canny page-turner comes with a satisfying twist.”

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“Fun with a neat twist ... it’s a bit like A.J. Wentworth squaring up to the talented Mr. Ripley.”

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“Harris pulls it all off . . . Book groups of the world, watch out.”

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“Irresistible . . . Constantly surprising and wickedly fun.”

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“One of those rare books that grips and holds you . . . [B]oth socially important and vastly entertaining.”

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“Perfect escapist reading for deep winter.”

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“Riveting . . . The checkmate is a bold stroke -- so audacious as to send readers, including this one, backtracking.”

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“The gold standard for this year’s best mystery...[GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS] left me breathless...a delightful read.”

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“Very good indeed.”

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“With GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS Harris has tapped an unsuspected talent for writing sophisticated, absorbing suspense.”

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