A richly detailed novel of two American women as innocents abroad. Two beautiful, green-eyed blondes learn the Continental ways of the world in a jaded Europe of the 1980s. Cynthia Kendall Colbert, a chic Boston debutante, becomes the wife of Jean-Francois Colbert (of the famous Geneva banking family) and assumes the role of elegant and impeccable society matron. Cynthia tends her chateau, her garden, and her family with the same graceful efficiency. That will change. 

Iris, born Ilsa Keller, drops her last name, her Chicago accent, a few years off her passport then seduces her way across Europe. Whether it's a Mafia chieftain or a prince, men find her irresistible. One of these men is Cynthia's husband. 

Jean-Francois Colbert, handsome, difficult, brooding, has the most complicated secret of all. The wealthy private banker hides a nightmare. Narcissistic and amoral, he floats between his wife and his mistress, blithely unaware that his perfect life is in jeopardy.

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Author: Clarissa McNair
ISBN: 9781936712007
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Publisher: Fedora Press 
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“I enjoyed A FLASH OF DIAMONDS tremendously. Clarissa McNair is a rare talent, and the novel is a complete delight from start to finish.  It's a remarkable combination of glittering social comedy and passionate romance, told by a born storyteller. It would be my absolute first choice for self-indulgent escape reading, a Swiss chocolate-covered treat of a book."

—Perri Klass, author of OTHER WOMEN'S CHILDREN

"A FLASH OF DIAMONDS  is a divine Swiss kiss. Clarissa McNair is a national treasure."

—Larry Wolff, author of THE BOYS AND THEIR BABY

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First published by St. Martin's Press in New York in 1991 and later published by Martinez Roca in Barcelona as Destello de Diamantes.