By Francis King
'Mr. King is masterly ... he's particular, relocating and humorous ... a truly relaxing book.' - Angus Wilson, The Observer
'Constructed with unobtrusive mastery ... has the standard of clarity that could basically be accomplished through the top form of expert skill.' - Francis Wyndham, The Spectator
'Serious, skilful, intelligent.' - occasions Literary complement
Spiro Polymerides is a con artist, petty thief, and parasite who survives basically via his younger good looks and ordinary crafty. Restlessly, he drifts from one sufferer to a different: Irvine Stroh, an American reduction employee and repressed gay; Helen Bristow, a prosperous, middle-aged widow; and Kiki, the younger daughter of a Greek delivery wealthy person. As he exploits, betrays, and finally destroys all the those who love him, Spiro will come to discover that the ultimate sufferer is himself . . .
The guy at the Rock (1957) used to be the 7th novel via the prolific Francis King (1923-2011), who was once hailed by means of Beryl Bainbridge as 'one of our nice writers, of the calibre of Graham Greene and Nabokov'. one in every of King's most well liked and best-reviewed novels, it returns to print during this variation, which encompasses a new creation via Gregory Woods.