Fall from Grace - Victor CanningNew York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “In this stunning new novel Victor Canning displays once again the diabolical wit and technical mastery that have earned him his reputation. Fall from Grace is a rare hybrid of allegory and psychological thriller, a tale of riveting suspense and subtle moral comment, set amid the gorgeous scenery of the gardens of Illaton Manor.
To Illaton comes young John Corbin, the brilliant, charming, and dissolute young author of Green Pleasures. He has been hired by Michael Boyd Darvell, Bishop of Testerburgh, to write a history of the Darvell family’s horticultural activities at Illaton, and the once-wayward Corbin feels that he has finally found his personal paradise and a kind of redemption. The pay is good, the company — of beautiful Rachel Harrison, IIlaton’s head gardener — is fascinating, and his days spent leafing through the papers in the family archives are filled with innocent delight. After all, his first love is gardening.
His second love is blackmail.
Full of witty twists and surprises, the story of Corbin’s temptation has all the lush, sensuous, and sometimes sinister beauty of its garden setting. It is a chilling tale of love and treachery, of patient goodness and sudden crushing evil, told by a master of suspense.”