A Golden Girl by Harry Sylvester
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. 255 pages ; 21 cm. $3.00 dust jacket. Jacket rear has a lot of book worm-eaten spots. Everything else is fine with solid binding, clean and unmarked pages.
A Golden Girl
When the rains began in the high sierra, Albert Murdock closed his surface mine and descended to Lima — and trouble. It came in the enchanting person of Terry Morley, an ash-blonde, with wide-set eyes and bitterness in her heart. Her presence in Lima, alone and unattached, presented an enigma and a challenge. In quick succession, Murdock's two friends, Shaw and Conway, the Spanish bullfighter Fermin Ortiz, and finally Murdock himself fell victim to her fascination.
But with all her radiance and the easy charm of her manner, Terry was a disturbed and disturbing young woman. The death of her fiance in the war had served as pretext for her trip to Lima, and now it served as pretext for emotional freebooting as well. The golden girl from the North was not an ambassador of good will. The men of Ortiz' Cuadrilla were the first to sense the danger. No girl, they believed, should be allowed to disquiet their master, the greatest torero since Belmonte.
For the others —Shaw, poet and cultural attache at the American Embassy; Conway, successful salesman of pumps and valves; and Murdock, the mine owner—Terry presented more complex problems, problems as various as the temperaments and backgrounds of the men. Was she Lilith or was she a tramp? They could not quite decide, but they knew she was a torment. Against the exotic background of the Southland, she moved among these lonely men, not consciously cruel bur irresponsible and unaware. With vigor, vividness, and compassion, Sylvester presents the drama of a woman who touched off forces beyond her power to control.
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