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纸牌屋(House of Cards 英文版)

时间:2014-06-01 10:35:38  来源:  作者:迈克尔·多布斯爵士(Michael Dobbs)  
简介:  在首相连任竞选中功不可没的党鞭长弗朗西斯·厄克特本以为自己会入内阁任职,不料未能如愿。于是他暗中发誓要取代背叛自己的首相,搞垮所有的对手。他利用自己能够掌握内阁机密和掌握党内人士隐秘的优势,操控了一个又一个官员,并利用《每日纪事报》里想成为一线政治记者的玛蒂·斯多林,令她在媒体上大做文章。
  初战告捷后,他旋即指派手下对内阁展开大规模围剿,紧紧咬住所有人的弱点,除掉了一个又一个对手,扫清了一个又一个障碍,然而他的阴谋也在慢慢地暴露。他最终能否登上首相宝座,而知道越来越多内幕的玛蒂又能否安然周旋于权力斗争中,并实现自己的理想呢?...

   HOUSE OF CARDS

  Michael Dobbs has spent many years at the most senior levels of British politics, advising Mrs  Thatcher, Cecil Parkinson and many other leading politicians. He worked as a journalist in the  United States throughout the Watergate crisis, and after returning to London in 1975 played major  roles in the general elections of 1979 and 1983, and was Chief of Staff at Conservative Party  headquarters during the 1987 elections. He has a doctorate in defence studies. He is currently  Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and lives in London with his wife and young son.
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  'Pace and readability ... a well-written and well-constructed political thriller. Let's hope it is  the firstof many Sunday Times
  The exciting new thriller that has Westminster buzzing ... here is a political-thriller writer  with a marvellous inside track knowledge of government.
  House of Cards is fast-moving, revelatory and brilliant. ' Daily Express
  'Watergate set in Westminster ... House of Cards must not be allowed to fall into the hands of  impressionable Tory backbenchers.' Daily Telegraph
  'Whipping up a storm... the thinking man's Jeffrey Archer.' Today
  'Michael Dobbs' first novel makes an appalling tale of skulduggery at Westminster into a  tremendously exciting affair ... he weaves his story convincingly with pace and style' Newsline
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  HOUSE OF CARDS
  FONTANA' Collins
  MICHAEL DOBBS
  First published in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1989
  A continental edition first issued in Fontana Paperbacks 1989
  This edition first issued 1990
  Copyright ? Michael Dobbs 1989
  Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, Glasgow
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  CONDITIONS OF SALE
  This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be  lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form  of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition  including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser
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  Part One
  THE SHUFFLE
  THURSDAY 10th JUNE
  It seemed scarcely a moment since she had closed her eyes, yet already the morning sun was waking  her as it crept around the curtain and began to shine on her pillow. She turned over irritably,  resenting the unwanted intrusion. The past few weeks had been hard, with days of poorly digested  snacks washed down by nights of too little sleep, and her body ached from being stretched too  tightly between her editor's deadlines.
  She pulled the duvet more closely around her, for even in the glare of the early summer sun she  felt a chill. It had been like that ever since she had left Yorkshire almost a year before. She  had hoped she could leave the pain behind her but it cast a long, cold shadow which seemed to  follow her everywhere, particularly into her bed. She shivered, and buried her face in the lumpy  pillow.
  She tried to be philosophical. After all, she no longer had any emotional distractions to delay or  divert her, just the challenge of discovering whether she really did have what it took to become  the best political correspondent in a fiercely masculine world But it was bloody difficult to be  philosophical when your feet were freezing.
  Still, she reflected, sex as a single girl had proved to be excellent basic training for politics  - the constant danger of being seduced by a smile or a whispered confidence, the unending  protestations of loyalty and devotion which covered, just for a while, the bravado, the  exaggeration, the tiny deceits which grew and left behind only reproach and eventually bitterness.
  And in the last few weeks she had heard more outrageous and empty promises than at any time since  - well, since Yorkshire. The painful memories came flooding back and the chill in her bed closed  unbearably around her.
  With a sigh Mattie Storin threw back the duvet and clambered out of bed.
  As the first suggestion of dusk settled across the June skies, four sets of HMI mercury oxide  lamps clicked on with a dull thud, illuminating the entire building with 10,000 watts of high  intensity power. The brilliant beams of light pierced deep behind the mock Georgian facade,  seeking out and attacking those inside. A curtain fluttered at a third floor window as someone  took a quick glance at the scene outside before retreating quickly.
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