TOO RICH TO LIVE
"A beautiful gown, Mrs Whitney - but you will not wear it to the Little wedding. You will not attend the wedding. You will be dead."
Having fought her way up to the highest ranks of Florida society, Belle is now undisputed 'Queen' of the The Park, a select residential community for the Miami rich - and a glittering piece of real estate owned and developed by Belle herself. Now she is looking forward to her crowning social triumph: the marriage of her adopted daughter to the son of the State governor.
For my Wife, Linda. With Love and Gratitude.
Although the book jacket claims this is Stan's first venture into adventure suspense - we must remember that he'd already dabbled in the adventure genre with his Michael Morgan books in the early 70's. That said, Too Rich To Live is not really in the same boat. Similar in theme to The Dark Side Of Destiny - the book deals with a child seeking revenge for the death of a parent. Belle and Elizabeth Little are thoroughly despicable characters. Ruthless social climbers embroiled in obscene wealth and inevitable political corruption. You find yourself cheering out loud when they finally get what's coming to them. A clever plot line and in amongst the seriousness Stan doesn't miss the opportunity to have at least one character make love to a beautiful woman! Lily Parker arranges a secret rendezvous behind her husband's back with pool attendant Bo Sangster (A guy who sounds remarkably like a blond, American version of our good friend Russ Tobin!) Sadly for Mrs Parker, she gets kidnapped almost immediately afterwards.
A most satisfying read.8/10