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Gentlemen and Players Paperback – 26 December 2006

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  • Paperback : 422 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006088813X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060559151
  • Dimensions : 20.07 x 13.46 x 3.05 cm
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company; Reprint edition (26 December 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0060559152
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 430 ratings

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"[A] disturbing yet strangely rewarding morality tale . . . Not every chess game ends with a checkmate."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Harris] turns to the literary thriller, with stunning results . . . This is one hypnotic page-turner."--Booklist (starred review)

"[An] enjoyable mystery romp."--Sunday Times (London)

"Irresistible . . . Constantly surprising and wickedly fun."--Washington Post Book World

"One of those rare books that grips and holds you . . . [B]oth socially important and vastly entertaining."--Chicago Tribune

"Best of all is a dazzling climactic twist . . . . its last move is a winner."--New York Times Book Review

"[A] clever story of obsession and revenge . . . .[Harris] has scored another success."--Daily Telegraph (London)

"[A] gripping psychological thriller. . . . [Harris] cleverly keeps the reader guessing till the very last chapter.--Express

"[A] masterful literary thriller."--Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press

"[A] tense, perspective-shifting narrative ... [A] page-turning climax that ... avoids the easy out of a tidy ending."--Tampa Tribune

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For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. This year, however, the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike, beginning as small annoyances but soon escalating in both number and consequence. St. Oswald's is unraveling, and only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. But he faces a formidable opponent with a bitter grudge and a master strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final, deadly move.

--Daily Telegraph (London)

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