Don't read the editorial review-it reveals too much of the story! I was a little surprised by the way in which KS shuffled around the love lives of the characters; I hadn't yet read many of her books. Now I know she does this often.
James Sterling, whom I liked the best, was a great guy, but I was never convinced that he was a best friend to the senator. The rare times they appeared together, they were never more than cordial to one another; they talked as strangers would.
Also, James should have been more responsible in his love life; it wasn't fair of him to let another man develop feelings for the one he loved, then want that man to walk away when he finally came to his senses.
The plots were great, however, a very interesting story, and once again KS sweeps us away to foreign lands.