By EW Staff
Updated October 29, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ken Follett has claimed Anthony Trollope as one of his favoriteauthors. So perhaps it’s not surprising that in his latest effort, ADangerous Fortune, the king of British spy novels tries to pay homageto Trollope and other Victorian writers. But although Fortune’s plotinvolves a boarding school, a weak, dissolute man, and a plottingwoman, this book ain’t no Vanity Fair. With 600,000 copies in print,Follett’s folly is currently at No. 8 in its second week on thefiction list.Weeks onFiction List

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