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What do a businessman, a gay criminal, a ministry and a business magnate have in common? I suppose Money is the answer but also fulfillment and happiness (understood differently by each of them).
The book can be easily characterized as a galley of personalities. Characters are indeed very well built and the plot, though slow, is well led and thought over. Long story short: the novel is about harsh failures and cunning wins, it's about justice and injustice and puckish fate. The beginning's quite slow but the ending is a total surprise!
In the preface Ken Follet writes that he considers this book as his best novel. I'm not sure if I'd agree with his but Paper Money are definitely worth reading.