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CORIANDER by Barbara Victor

CORIANDER

By Barbara Victor

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-55611-353-6
Publisher: Donald Fine

 An Argentine banker disappears in a fiery plane crash just before his bank is shown to be missing 50 or so million dollars. Sorting through the financial and emotional wreckage, his newly pregnant wife finds that the banker had not completely shed his radical past. This time out, Victor (Friends, Lovers, Enemies, 1991; Misplaced Lives, 1990, etc.) successfully stirs politics into a dish of romantic thrills. When half-Argentine Coriander, a Brooklyn physician, fell in love with Danny Vidal, she was a student at the University of Cordoba, he was a handsome professor, and the loathsome colonels were snatching young people from the streets of Buenos Aires and failing to return them. Danny was at the heart of the revolutionary movement and would probably have made political use of Coriander, whose father was the American ambassador, had he not himself been swept away by her beauty. Their affair was aborted by the underground war, and Coriander went on to study and work in the US, living alone until Danny, now apparently a free-marketer, turned up as president of a Latin-Manhattan bank with marriage on his mind. The sexually stupendous Vidal match ends when Danny suddenly decamps for the Southern Hemisphere. His plane goes up in flames over Mexico, and Coriander believes him dead--until assistant district attorney Adam Singer breaks the news that her apparently late husband seemed to have looted his bank of all its capital. Coriander flies to Mexico, sees that what is supposed to be the largest chunk of her husband is not, and begins to work with Adam, who's fallen for her, to find out just what her husband was up to. The trail takes them all the way back to the 70's and Coriander learns that Danny never really gave up politics. What threatens to be a goopy, glitzy medical-soaper turns out to be a serious, largely successful political thriller.