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Ambrose, David.
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New York, NY : Warner Books, [2001]

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311 pages ; 24 cm
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"You think about an old friend you haven't seen in a while - and he calls you out of the blue. You meet a stranger who knows your cousin - who lives on the far side of the world. You hear a phrase spoken on the radio - just as you read it in the book in front of you. Most of us dismiss such odd, everyday occurrences as insignificant. But writer George Daly can't help wondering what lies behind them." "A quiet man living in New York City with his art dealer wife, Sara, George has never had anything truly unusual happen to him. So when he starts researching the phenomenon of coincidence for his next book, he regards his investigation as a purely academic exercise - until he discovers his family's hidden link to a dazzling theatrical couple of the 1950s and the twin brother he never knew he had." "Larry Hart, a charming but unscrupulous man, is at first as astonished as George to meet his double. He quickly finds a way to turn this strange occurrence to his advantage, plunging George into a nightmare of deception and betrayal that threatens both his sanity and his life." "Yet the true nature of what has happened threatens the survival of both men. And when its shocking implications are revealed, Larry and George find themselves locked in a deadly confrontation - one with a stunning and unexpected conclusion."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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He lives in Switzerland.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ambrose (Superstition; The Man Who Turned into Himself) weaves a tale of duplicitous doppelgengers in this supernatural thriller. George is a quiet academic writing pseudoscience books for fun, supported by his rich, gallery-hopping wife, Sara. But his father's death triggers an avalanche of coincidental events from the appearance of old photographs of him with people he doesn't remember to an encounter with his own double, Larry, a crook on the run who has no qualms setting "jerk-off George" up for the hit men Larry is evading. Of course Larry, after assuming George's identity and faking amnesia, could have no idea that the female detective he's been sleeping with in exchange for information on "himself" would also have had an affair with rising lawyer-turned-politician Steve, who's having an affair with Sara. And no one, including the reader who by now will be wondering why the author has further complicated his narrative with references to Jung, Koestler and the I Ching could foresee the massive metaphysical conspiracy Larry and George are literally yanked into. It simultaneously explains their interrelated problems while confronting them both with an altogether more dangerous one. Ambrose clearly enjoys drawing twisty plots from inexplicable events, and he throws in just enough scientific explorations of synchronicity to justify the otherwise mystical explanations with which readers must content themselves. There is a surprisingly (or perhaps coincidentally) predictable ending to this unpredictable thriller, which undermines some of its punch, though not its author's cleverness. National advertising. (Feb. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved