The Finger of Saturn - Victor CanningNew York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
First U.S. Edition.
From the cover: “When Robert Rolt brought his wife Sarah to the family seat at Rolthead they embarked on a marriage that was as happy as any marriage could be — until the day that Sarah disappeared. Now, two years later, she has been traced, but the mystery of her disappearance remains — for she can remember nothing of that day, or of her true identity. Robert, so solid and straightforward, is obsessed with reaching the truth behind these missing years. But his investigations produce only further puzzles…
Who, and where, is the elusive Albert Chinn who played a major part in Sarah’s life during her absence from Rolthead? And why is the Ministry of Defence so concerned with the Rolts and with the company in which Sarah and her mother are major shareholders, International Industrial Systems Ltd.? As Robert and Sarah return to the lush Dorset countryside and the traditions of seven centuries, Robert tries to banish from his mind the unease planted there by certain strange events and coincidences. But the pressures that remorselessly begin to bear on him force him to abandon his cherished traditions and civilized codes — he becomes a primitive man pitted against a dedicated conspiracy, fighting savagely to secure the happiness and safety of his wife.
The Finger of Saturn is one of the most unusual and compelling novels Victor Canning has ever written, a love story which is at once moving and charged with almost unbearable suspense, and which in its final pages reveals the closely guarded secrets of Sarah’s inescapable and alien loyalties.”