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The spring

by Irving, Clifford.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Clairton Public Library Fiction IRVI
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Fiction
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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Widower Dennis Conway, a New York attorney, meets widow Sophie Henderson in Aspen. They eventually marry, and Conway moves with his two young children to Sophie's home in Springhill, Colorado--a closely knit community of about 350 stunningly healthy, bright, and handsome people. When Sophie's parents are charged in the double murder of two of the town's elder citizens, Dennis takes the case. He suspects euthanasia, but an autopsy reveals that the victims were remarkably healthy. Further complicating matters are the close-mouthed attitudes of the townsfolk and the forensic evidence, which indicates the victims may have been considerably older than they seemed. Slowly Dennis begins to piece together the town's closely guarded secret. This is an extraordinarily entertaining and thoughtful combination of Lost Horizons and Presumed Innocent. Not only is it a mystery--on at least two levels--but it poses troubling questions concerning prolonged life and its ultimate value. --Wes Lukowsky"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A simple, fabled premise‘the existence of a Fountain of Youth‘supports this modest suspenser from Clifford (Final Argument). The age-conquering waters here flow in a spring located thousands of feet above Aspen, Colo., their existence known only by the several hundred denizens of the town of Springhill. To avoid arousing the suspicion of outsiders, the townsfolk have entered into a pact to die voluntarily at the age of 100. The plot, which revolves around a murder trial arising from the discovery of the bodies of two of the Springfield dead, lays bare the inevitable kinks in so apparently practical and civilized a social contract. The intensely rural setting, reminiscent of that of The Shining or Deliverance, helps to cultivate a low-level tension, as do small but disturbing incidents like the disappearance of a cat or an anecdote about a woman's decapitation by avalanche. More melodramatic frights erupt at appropriate intervals. Irving drives his narrative from the fantastic to the realistic and back again, playing a game that's sure and steady‘but one that's safe as well. Fans of risks in horror or suspense won't find them here. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects City and town life -- Colorado -- Fiction.
Mountain life -- Colorado -- Fiction.
Immortalism -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1996
Language English
Description 287 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 068481076X
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