IN THE UNITED STATES?
A prominent citizen in Washington, D.C., agonizes over
the precarious condition of the country he loves. Cynical,
irresponsible leaders aggravate dangerous problems. He
seizes an unexpected, daunting opportunity to act and is
drawn into harrowing circumstances. His wife worries
about his stressed condition, but does not know its cause.
Suddenly, she finds herself in the middle of a nightmare
of her own. The novel tells a story of secret political
machinations and of a traumatic police investigation. It
keeps tightening its grip on the reader. The milieus
are Washington, D.C., Paris and environs, and Charleston, South Carolina.
Though intensely suspenseful, this is no ordinary thriller. It is an absorbing
moral drama with an epic dimension and forms a trenchant commentary on the
state of America and the Western world. A DESPERATE MAN has been compared
to the fiction of George Santayana, Thomas Mann, and Gore Vidal, as well
as to Whittaker Chambers’s autobiographical classic, Witness.
CLAES G. RYN was born and raised in Sweden, but has lived for most of his adult
life in Washington, D.C., where he is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University
of America. He is Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University and gave
the Distinguished Foreign Scholar Lectures at Peking University in 2000.
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