The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
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A thrilling and addictive novel about three unlikely friends and the web of lies that unravels after one of them goes missing.

At the center of The Legacy is the story of Julia Alpers, her friend Ralph, and the beautiful and wealthy Ingrid. As students in Sydney, the bond that ties this threesome together is complex—delicate and intense, shaped by intellect, and defined by desire. When Ingrid falls in love and marries the much older and very handsome Gil Grey, she decides to leave her friends and settle in New York City, where Gil is a major player in the art world. It is here that she becomes stepmother to Gil’s teenage daughter, a former child prodigy, and begins her own work on rare, ancient texts called "curse scrolls" at Columbia University. But on the morning of September 11, 2001, she has an appointment downtown. And is never seen again.

Devastated and heartsick, Ralph sends Julia to New York to investigate Ingrid’s last days. What Julia discovers plunges her more deeply into Ingrid’s life than she could ever imagine. As Julia grows closer to unearthing the truth about Ingrid’s death, she is forced to confront her conflicted feelings about her former friend and to make a crucial decision about her own future.

Praised by international critics as an "entertaining literary thriller that skillfully describes the almost pleasurable pain of love and life denied" (The Australian), The Legacy is an utterly addictive and beautifully written novel that introduces a brilliant new voice in fiction.

About Kirsten Tranter

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Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and studied English and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney. She lived in New York between 1998 and 2006, where she completed a PhD in English on Renaissance poetry at Rutgers University. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and son and is working on a second novel.
Published July 21, 2010 by Washington Square Press. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Julia is part of a triangle that includes the man she adores, Ralph, and the beautiful, blond, ephemeral Ingrid.

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When Ingrid apparently perishes in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, Ralph, still grieving almost a year after September 11, asks Julia to go to New York to learn more about what happened.

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Summary: Young, beautiful and everything-going-for-her Ingrid leaves her native Australia for a glamorous new job in New York.

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During a heated moment, a man slaps a three year old boy who is not his son, nor a relation of his.

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Every now and then, a novel comes along that is addicting.

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Heir apparent to her own legacy (she is daughter to poet John Tranter and literary agent Lyn Tranter), first-time novelist Kirsten Tranter scored a six-figure, two-book deal with HarperCollins for her debut novel, a contemporary homage to Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady.

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