Henry Dunbar, head of a multi-million dollar media empire, finds himself locked in a remote sanatorium in England. His two older daughters, Megan and Abigail, have spirited him away and locked him up in a brazen attempt to take over his empire for themselves. Meanwhile his youngest most beloved daughter, Florence, is looking for him hoping to make amends and with the help of Henry’s loyal ally, Wilson, keep the evil daughters from completing their takeover.
While Florence and Wilson search for him, Dunbar has managed to escape the sanatorium with the help of his alcoholic actor friend, Peter. The two are now wandering about England: Peter in search of a drink, and Dunbar trying to get back his empire.
If you love Shakespeare’s King Lear, this may be somewhat disappointing. The plot is fairly true to the story line of the play. Instead of a king, Dunbar is a corporate executive and the nasty plots center around corporate intrigue and takeover bids. The characters are similar to the Shakespeare characters, but I found them much less human. Megan and Abigail and particularly unpleasant. Florence, trying to win back her father’s approval, was my favorite character. She seemed the most believable.
St. Auban’s prose is clear and fast paced. Some of the scenes, particularly with Peter, are amusing, but, for me, they didn’t reach the level of Shakespeare’s comedy. I enjoyed the book, but the drawbacks keep me from recommending it too highly.
I received this book from Blogging for Book for this review.