Portobello

Portobello

eBook - 2009
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From crime fiction's reigning queen comes a diabolically intricate tale that weaves together the lives of very different people in the vibrant part of London known as Portobello.

Fifty-year-old Eugene Wren inherited from his father an art gallery near an arcade that now sells cashmere, handmade soaps, and children's clothing. But he decided to move to a more upmarket site. Eugene was, perhaps, too secretive for his own good. He also had an addictive personality. But he had cut back radically on his alcohol consumption, and had given up cigarettes. Which was just as well, considering he was dating a doctor. For all his good intentions, though, there was something he didn't want her to know.

One day, Eugene comes across an envelope containing a sum of money. Rather than report the matter to the police, he writes a note and sticks it up on a lamppost near his house. This note would link a number of very different people-each with their own obsessions, problems, dreams, and despairs. And through it all the hectic life of Portobello bustles on.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Seal, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307372529
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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luckydogranch
Jul 04, 2016

This is an excellent modern day crime novel set in London, with five exquisitely developed, inter-related characters who meet by chance and inadvertently change each others lives. Each character intersects with the intrigue of the Portobello neighborhood and is emotionally transformed in the course of the tale.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

The catalyst for this leisurely paced but tense suspense novel is an envelope full of cash, which gallery owner Eugene Wren finds on Portobello Road after its owner is felled by a heart attack and carted off to the hospital. Eugene doesn't need the money himself, so he posts notices about the find and is soon contacted by other Londoners, all with their own obsessions and despairs. His good act leads, ultimately, to terrible consequences. With a strong sense of place and well-rounded characters from all social strata, Portobello Road is "superlative" (Publishers Weekly).

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readerpat
Oct 23, 2014

This was a strange book but after I got into it I enjoyed it.
The three main characters are weird. One is mentally ill, one is a thief and the other is rich but has an addiction to sugar free candies.
A lot different from her other books.

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