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The Philanthropist's Danse
by Paul Wornham

Published: 2012-06-15
Paperback : 408 pages
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Twelve people. Five days. One fortune. Johnston Thurwell, one of the world’s richest men, dies unexpectedly. His family expects to inherit his wealth, but instead discover the dying philanthropist has spent his last days planning something called The Danse. The twelve most important people in his ...
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Twelve people. Five days. One fortune. Johnston Thurwell, one of the world’s richest men, dies unexpectedly. His family expects to inherit his wealth, but instead discover the dying philanthropist has spent his last days planning something called The Danse. The twelve most important people in his life are brought together to decide the most important question at the end of it. Who will inherit his fortune? The family is sequestered in the philanthropists’ remote country mansion with a group that includes his best friend, his most loyal servants, and his greatest rival. They must agree who among them will share the fortune, but they must do it against the clock. Every twenty-four hours, the fortune is reduced. In just five days, it will all be gone. The thin veneer of civility among the twelve is ripped away by naked greed as their lust for money drives them into betrayal, blackmail and violence. The desperate family will do anything to save their inheritance. Except share it.

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  "No Charity Cases Here"by nbaker (see profile) 02/06/14

The Philanthropist's Danse is a story of a multi-millionaire, whose last wish is to have 12 people decide the fate of his monetary legacy. A simple enough task, until you factor in a most annoying human... (read more)

 
  "The Philanthropist's Danse"by nuffmail (see profile) 11/20/12

Really enjoyed reading this book. Was interesting to read and watch how each character would react to every twist the plot took.

 
  "Philanthropist's Danse"by Susanne Scheppmann (see profile) 11/17/12

An all over fun read! Great for book club discussion as to "What would you do?'
So glad this was recommended to me.

 
  "Philanthropist's Danse"by lvplum (see profile) 11/14/12

Really great book discussion about greed/gifts and takers/givers. Lots of interesting characters to discuss and intriguing enough to keep you turning pages till the end.

 
  "The Philanthropist's Danse"by Disneyanna (see profile) 11/13/12

Great book club book. Full of "what would you have done in this situation" questions. Thoroughly enjoyed the original storyline.

 
  "The Philanthropist's Danse"by Dkmcbm (see profile) 11/13/12

Really enjoyed this book. Enough twists and turns to keep you fully focused. Our book club thought this would make a great movie and enjoyed casting the characters!!

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