SAM BENTLEY'S ISLAND by

SAM BENTLEY'S ISLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Philadelphia again, the ""City of the Great Compromise"", and along with the true blue bloodedness of the Main Line, there's discreet luxury for Sam Bentley, who has inherited a million, and is a rather deliberate, careful, steady sort. Still he is not immune to the lure of greater wealth- an island in the Caribbean where he has spotted oil (or been alerted to it by an acquaintance- Alex- a Count) and he hopes to buy the island for his own, after securing the evidence of a geologist that there is a fortune underground. With the sudden jump in price (by the planter who owns the island) Sam must get the backing, forms a corporation of his family and friends. They go there- return home- and in time several are the victims of doubt and defection; finally Sam has many reparations to make- for what only a proper Philadelphian could call a ""hoax"" has been a swindle... That ignis fatuis- a fabulous fortune- is an attraction for the reader as well as Sam, and, like the earlier books (Lippincott), it's a well-mannered, well-groomed light entertainment.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday