From internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Vincent Lam
comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting
novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War.Percival Chen is
headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon, a
patriot, fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage. He is also a
compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He devotedly
ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, content to
pay the requisite bribes to the ever-changing government officials
and to spend his nights at the casino tables.When his only son gets
in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival has no choice
but to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival
finds solace with Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and
Vietnamese heritage. But as the conflict intensifies, the time will
come when the headmaster must confront the truths he once refused
to see.Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a
landscape ravaged by war, `The Headmaster's Wager' is an almost
unbearably tense story of love, betrayal and sacrifice.
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