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Freemantle, Brian, 1936-
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Sutton : Severn House, 1998.

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341 pages ; 23 cm
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Originally published in 1982 under the title Chairman of the board, and under the pseudonym Jonathan Evans.
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The prize is more than to be Chairman of the Board; it is to control the biggest and most prestigious hotel chain in the world. Two men race towards this goal. One is an American, born to nothing; the other is an Englishman, born to everything.

Harry Rudd is a Boston airport Ioader's son, thrust to boardroom power by the death of an heiress wife he adored. Sir lan Buckland also achieved his position and his title by inheritance: a father-to-son legacy neglected for the gambling tables of Mayfair, a yachting club, and the charms of one of his wife's oldest friends.

The takeover battle pits American ruthlessness against British Establishment in a raw test of survival which neither is prepared to lose...

Author Notes

Brian Freemantle was born in Southampton, England on June 10, 1936. He became a journalist and worked for four national newspapers. While the foreign editor of the Daily Mail in 1975, he organized the rescue mission to airlift 100 orphans from Saigon days before it fell to the communist north. Soon afterward, he left journalism to become a full-time author. He has written over 80 books including the Charlie Muffin series, the Cowley and Danilov Thriller series, and 5 non-fiction books. He has also written under the pen names of John Maxwell, Jonathan Evans, Jack Winchester and Harry Asher.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Instead of spies, Freemantle turns here to warring innkeepers. Instead of world domination, the prize is control of the world's biggest hotel chain. Even so, readers will find all the well-plotted maneuvering they've come to expect from Freemantle's espionage novels. The warring parties are led by improper Bostonian Harry Rudd, who runs America's highly profitable Best Rest hotel chain, and England's Sir Ian Buckland, who heads his family's unprofitable Buckland House hotel business. Rudd works hard and grieves for a long-dead bride. Buckland plays hard, gambles and loses, loves and gets caught. Rudd is undermined by an ex-father-in-law who hates him. Buckland is his own worst enemy. When Rudd targets Buckland House for takeover, he goes out on a financial limb to pull off the deal, and his ex-in-law looks to chop down the tree. What Rudd doesn't count on is a love affair with Buckland's wife. But by the end of this well-crafted tale, everyone gets his or her due. --Budd Arthur