The Steady Running of the Hour

The Steady Running of the Hour

Book - 2014
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"In this mesmerizing debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth. Just after graduating college, Tristan Campbell receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco. It contains the phone number of a Mr. J.F. Prichard of Twyning & Hooper, Solicitors, in London -- and news that could change Tristan's life forever. In 1924, Prichard explains, an English alpinist named Ashley Walsingham died attempting to summit Mt. Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. But the estate was never claimed. Information has recently surfaced suggesting Tristan may be the rightful heir, but unless he can find documented evidence, the fortune will be divided among charitable beneficiaries in less than two months. In a breathless race from London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan pieces together the story of a forbidden affair set against the tumult of the First World War and the pioneer British expeditions to Mt. Everest. Following his instincts through a maze of frenzied research, Tristan soon becomes obsessed with the tragic lovers, and he crosses paths with a mysterious French girl named Mireille who suggests there is more to his quest than he realizes. Tristan must prove that he is related to Imogen to inherit Ashley's fortune -- but the more he learns about the couple, the stranger his journey becomes. . . . Part love story, part historical tour de force, Justin Go's novel is utterly compelling, unpredictable, and heartrending"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781476704586
Call Number: GO
Characteristics: 466 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Mount Everest Expedition (1924) -- Fiction.
Young men -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
Mountaineers -- England -- Fiction.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction.


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Jun 06, 2017

A brilliant work with a significant flaw, which has denied it popularity in terms of ownership and enthusiasm with the larger reading public. I lean more toward the local reaction, but feel the correction of a critical element would have catapulted it into a best seller.

Jun 23, 2015

A story to haunt long after the tale of the star-crossed lovers ends. Eighty years after their affair Ashley and Imogen's only remaining heir, Tristan, learns he has but two weeks to unearth documents of proof and inherit a vast unclaimed fortune. Soldiery Ashley perished on Mt. Everest and loving, untamable Imogen is lost to history. Traveling from California to London, Paris, Germany, and even Iceland Tristan learns of the incredible hardships of war, mountain climbing, and enduring love.
Kris in Pt. Roberts

It continues to haunt me, this quest of two star-crossed lovers, one obsessed by climbing and duty, the other passionate to honor love above all else. Eighty years later the sole heir of their love affair begins his search for the trails they took. If he can provide conclusive proof a vast fortune is his, but only two weeks remain to claim it.

multcolib_darceem Aug 13, 2014

A well-written historical romance mixed with modern day whirlwind treasure hunt. This book completely transports you across Europe, to the trenches of WWI and a 1920s Mt. Everest expedition- loved it!

Jun 18, 2014

This book is a work of love, and it shows in the meticulous detail and the author's loyalty to the characters, down to the bravely chosen unsatisfying ending. I found some closure by re-reading the epigraph, which made a lot more sense after I'd read the book, and reading the author's account of how the book was written at

Jun 15, 2014

Really good - very well written and very interesting, I quickly was emotionally involved in both the modern and the past stories. And it really captures WWI fighting and Everest climbing.
Couldn't put it down.
Highly recommended.

Jun 08, 2014

I really enjoyed this book; it was interesting and the descriptions of the first world war were not sugar-coated. I found I could not put it down. My only complaint is that it could have been a bit shorter.

Jun 06, 2014

Well written page turner. Recommended!

May 04, 2014

Employs two pet peeves of mine: first person present tense (overused and unnecessary for most fiction) and, even worse, no quotation marks (just dashes). I believe these are hallmarks of an amateur who can't rely on his or her writing skills and must distract the reader with gimmicks.


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