The Douglas Kennedy Collection #2
Temptation, The Woman in the Fifth, and Leaving the World
Temptation: Like all would-be Hollywood screenwriters, David Armitage wants to be rich and famous. After eleven years of failure, luck finally comes his way when one of his scripts is bought for television. Suddenly a player in Tinsel Town, he finds he's reinventing himself at great speed, especially when it comes to walking out on his wife and daughter for a young producer who worships only at the altar of ambition. But David's upward mobility takes a strange turn when a billionaire film buff barges into his life, proposing a curious collaboration.
The Woman in the Fifth: Now a major motion picture starring Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas. Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A scandal at the small college where he used to teach has cost him his job, his marriage, and his relationship with his only child. He flees to Paris in the bleak midwinter, where a series of accidental encounters lands him in a grubby room in a grubby quarter, and a job as a nightwatchman for a sinister operation. And then romance enters his life. Her name is Margit, an elegant, cultivated Hungarian emigre, widowed and alone. But Margit is guarded about her work, her past, and her life. Before he knows it, Harry finds himself waking up in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.
Leaving the World: Jane Howard is a professor in Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man, and finding motherhood to her young daughter an unexpected delight. But when a devastating turn of events tears her existence apart she has no choice but to flee all she knows. Just when she has renounced life itself, the disappearance of a young girl pulls her back from the edge and into an obsessive search for some sort of personal redemption. Convinced that she knows more about the case than the police do, she is forced to make a decision - stay hidden or bring to light a shattering truth.