Revenge by Stephen Fry
A Novel

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A distinct departure from his popular comic novels, this haunting, provocative tale of wrongful imprisonment and violent retribution is Stephen Fry’s first thriller. A brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo, Revenge crackles with the wit and intelligence readers have come to expect from this hugely talented author, actor, and comedian, yet it reveals an intriguingly deep, much darker side of his imagination.
Ned Maddstone is a happy, charismatic Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually preordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned enjoys an existence of boundless opportunity. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned’s charmed life is changed forever. A promise made to a dying teacher combined with a prank devised by a jealous classmate mutates bewilderingly into a case of mistaken arrest and incarceration. Drugged and disoriented, Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish, harrowing exile, far from home and lost to those he loves. Years pass before an apparently mad, obviously brilliant fellow inmate reawakens the younger man’s intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Ned’s recovery are felt worldwide.
While Revenge breaks new ground with its taut plotting, exhilarating pace, and underlying air of menace, its sophistication and irreverent humor are vintage Fry—a gloriously rich mix that only he could deliver. His first novel in four years is a dramatic, powerful tour de force that is sure to enlarge the American audience for this singularly talented author’s work.


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About Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry has written three novels—The Liar, The Hippopotamus and Making History—and played Peter in the film Peter's Friends, Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the TV series Jeeves & Wooster, and teamed up with Hugh Laurie in the TV series A Bit of Fry and Laurie.        He currently divides his time between New York and his English homes in London and Norfolk.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published May 13, 2003 by Random House. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ned himself is sent to a secret psychiatric hospital on the Continent, doped liberally with Thorazine, and told he’s suffering from delusions that he’s the son of the English politician Sir Charles Maddstone.

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As an actor, Stephen Fry specializes in a certain brand of British absurdity: From his career-making roles in Blackadder and Jeeves And...

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So Ashley conspires to frame Ned as a drug dealer, not dreaming that a string of coincidences circling around a dead boat captain's misdirected letter will end with Ned locked in an isolated island asylum for more than a decade.

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It is difficult to tell if ''Revenge,'' the fourth novel published by Stephen Fry, the British actor, is a daffy update of ''The Count of Monte Cristo'' or a droll joke about it.

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