Paul Van Zale has earned his place among New York City's high-finance elite, but his ambition and outsize ego may be his downfallIn public, Paul Van Zale and his partners at his Wall Street investment bank are exemplary citizens and pillars of the community. In private, however, their lives are riven by jealousy, ambition, hatred, and lust. When the clever and sexy Dinah Slade insinuates herself into Paul's life in the 1920s, the banker's marriage and career are threatenedand Dinah demonstrates her disruptive power again when she seduces Paul's right-hand man. Based on a true historical story the life of Cleopatrawhich Howatch updated to the 1920s and 1930s in New York and London, The Rich Are Different marries imperial ambition to the American dream, and offers a cast of characters glittering with sophistication and style.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Dinah Slade is a young Englishwoman of immense vitality, great sensual power, and fierce ambition. When the handsome and powerful Paul Van Zale commits the imprudence of falling in love with her, her life and desires become intertwined with the fate of his great American banking family. Among the new acquaintances she makes is Paul's wife, with whom, much to Dinah's shock and dismay, Paul manages an almost perfect marriage. The characters' lives are intertwined with such mastery that listeners will be captivated with The Rich Are Different from the very first word until the astonishing climax.