Geologist, Bob Boyd, who works in British Columbia timber country, has no memory of his past following a terrible accident, which only he survived. Hired by the powerful Matterson Corporation to survey land before they build a great new dam, he begins to uncover the shaky foundations of the Matterson family and becomes a fly in their ointment. Matters are complicated when he falls in love with Claire Trinavant, the last link to a forgotten family whose name strikes a mysteriously resonant chord.
Landslide was filmed in 1992. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104678/
ABOUT DESMOND BAGLEY 1923-1983 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Bagley
Desmond Bagley (29 October 1923 Kendal - 12 April 1983 Southampton), was a UK journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers. Along with fellow UK writers such as Hammond Innes and Alistair MacLean, Bagley established the basic conventions of the genre: a tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary hero pitted against villains determined to sow destruction and chaos in order to advance their agenda.
In several novels Bagley used the first-person narrative. One reviewer wrote: "as long as meticulous craftsmanship and honest entertainment are valued, and as long as action, authenticity, and expertise still make up the strong framework of the good adventure/thriller, Desmond Bagley's books will surely be read."
This is one of my favourite books. I have read it many times and will continue to read it in the future. Having read most of Desmond Bagley's works, all of which are of a very high standard, Landslide is (almost) without doubt my favourite.
This book is set in the late 1960's, and based around a fictional back water town in British Columbia. The Matterson family (with their logging empire) pretty much own the town and everyone in it. The hero of this book, Bob Boyd, rolls into town and starts stirring up trouble for the Matterson's, as he tries to unravel the secrets of the town's past, and they try to work out who he really is...
From Jim on the Web - jim-on-the-web.com
Bob Boyd is an independant geologist who came to Fort Farell to work for the Matterson corporation. He should study a piece of land where this Matterson company plans to build a dam. It would be just another job for just another employer, if Boyd wouldn't have bumped into the name Trinavant twice, a name that is strongly linked to his past. Or rather, what he remembers of it, since he has no recollection of what happened to him before his accident - he's not even sure of who he is.
Long after he finished his job he returns to Fort Farell. To his surprise the dam is being built despite what he found there, but when Howard Matterson immediately tries very hard to get him out of the village Boyd has other worries on his mind. What caused this swift and hard reaction? It can't be Boyd's friendship with Clare Trinavant, at least that can't be the whole explanation. When the old Bull Matterson gets himself involved in the matter Boyd starts to sense that fear is the key, but what do they fear he might find?