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A Dangerous Fortune (Paperback) by Ken Follett

Follett's tale follows a 19th century banking family, chiefly Edward Pilaster as he deals with conniving relatives and old school rivals.

"From the exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy. . . men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation, will die. . ." (Inside flap copy)

The Cossacks and Other Stories (Paperback) by Leo Tolstoy

One of Tolstoy's lesser known and read works, The Cossacks is as much a sociological analysis as it is a naturalistic tale of Cossack life in 1850.

"Olenin, a young Russian aristocrat finds himself as a Russian army officer, serving at a remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. Here among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, is the place where Olenin will find his love, a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is she is promised to a Cossack warrior." (Download description)

Other editions: The Cossacks (Modern Library)


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