1961 First Edition.
Publisher – Michael Joseph, London.
Cover is hard bound with Bright Red Cloth. Good Condition.
Dust Jacket is not present.
End Papers are intact. Personal Inscription on Inside Front fly-leaf.
Preliminaries - Quotation, Prologue.
Main Text Body : 349 Pages. Fine.
End Matters - Epilogue
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
Richard "King" Howland is a swaggering bigoted land baron living on
the Big Island of Hawaii. He objects when his sister, Sloan Howland,
announces she plans to marry Paul Kahana, a native Hawaiian, even though
Richard is having a torrid affair with an Asian woman, Mai Chen. During
Sloan and Paul's engagement party, Mai Chen's brother attacks Richard
with a knife. Paul tries to break up the fight and is killed. Bitter at
her brother for Paul's death, Sloan runs off to Honolulu where she is
taken in by Paul's brother, Dean, and his family. Meanwhile, Mai Chen gives birth to Richard's child, but dies during
childbirth. Ever the rabid racist, Richard refuses to accept the child
and Sloan takes it upon herself to care for the baby. After an angry
fight with Sloan and Dean, Richard is confronted with a personal dilemma
— whether to continue on with his close-minded ways or to welcome his
newborn son into his family.
Diamond Head was made into a film starring Charlton heston, Yvette Mimieux, and James Darren and released by Columbia Pictures.
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