The Steady Running of the Hour (Paperback)

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Campbell is given a secret, a puzzle, and a challenge.  Just out of
college and without funds, Tristan is contacted by an obscure British law
firm.  In 1924 a wealthy man, Ashley Walsingham, attempting so summit Mt.
Everest died in the attempt leaving his worldly goods to a woman he had a
tempestuous affair with.  Imogene Soames-Andersson was an unusual woman
for her times, perhaps for any time, headstrong, bright, and
unpredictable.   When news comes of Ashley’s death, Imogene is
nowhere to be found.  Ashley’s will stipulates his wealth is to go to
Imogene or her direct descendant.  If they cannot be found within 80
years, the money will go to a charity.   Only two months remain
before the funds held in trust would be transferred to charity when the lawyers
discover Tristan.  A vague letter implies he might be the only direct
descendant of Imogene; the will requires absolute secrecy and demands
proof.  Tristan has less than two months to discover his link to Imogene
and find proof of their connection. The story shifts back and forth in time
taking the reader from WWI, to the sheer sides of Mt. Everest, and to Iceland
as Tristan pieces together the story of a remarkable woman and the man who
loved her. 

— Deon Stonehouse


An impossible quest. An epic love story. A mesmerizing debut.

In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his long-lost lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson--whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's attorneys search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed.

Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.

From London WWI archives to the battlefields in France to the fjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley's deployment to the Western Front of the Great War; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world's tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen's story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune.

The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Justin Go's "debut is ambitious in many depicts a love that transcends time and disdains convention; and it fluidly moves between past and present" (Publishers Weekly).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476704593
ISBN-10: 1476704597
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Pages: 496
Language: English