This brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo
centers on Ned Maddstone, a happy, charismatic, Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually pre-ordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned leads a charmed life. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned’s destiny is forever altered. 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. Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish exile that lasts years, until a fellow inmate reawakens Ned’s intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Ned’s recovery are felt worldwide.
“[Fry] has once again proven that he is an entertainer of the very first rank.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“It’s an old story...but Fry...has the wit and erudition to make it run like a well-made pocket watch. Be warned: the vengeance promised by the title has an unabashedly nasty flavor that’s distinctly British and quite refreshing.”—Newsweek
“In his first attempt at thriller writing, British actor-novelist Stephen Fry doesn’t stumble at all....Revenge is sweet.” —People
“A brisk thriller...smooth, clever, bittersweet, and dramatically entertaining.” —The Seattle Times