Final Things: A Novel of Suspense

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iUniverse, Jul 16, 2002 - Fiction - 522 pages
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Time is running out for Eric Betancourt.

In the final hours of his deathwatch, he will uncover a nightmare from the past and a horrifying secret that shatters everything he knows… the shocking truth about his innocence and a dangerous lie that will kill and kill and kill…

Richly textured and compelling, this murder mystery by Virgil Thompson takes you into the final days of a death row prisoner. In the voice of its doomed protagonist, Final Things will pitch you into the tumult of an innocent man preparing for execution.

A fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Part 1
11
Part 2
49
Part 3
79
Part 4
123
Part 5
203
Part 6
237
Part 7
341
Part 8
373
Part 9
415
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The musical development of this American composer and critic received much of its force from his association with Gertrude Stein (see Vol. 1) in Paris during the 1920s. Gertrude Stein wrote the libretto for Four Saints in Three Acts (1934), which soon became an American classic. It is a masterpiece of contrast, treating the buffa-like plot with hymnlike seriousness. In 1940 Thomson was appointed music critic of the New York Herald-Tribune. Then in 1948 he received the Pulitzer Prize for his score for the motion picture Louisiana Story. Finally, in 1983 he was awarded the sixth annual Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement. Thomson's music and prose are subtle, humorous, and well crafted, but beneath it all there resides a profound philosophy.

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