FORGOTTEN BOOKS: POMEROY BY GORDON WILLIAMS!
Gordon Williams is best know for his 1971 novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm (controversially filmed as Straw Dogs by Sam Peckinpah) and for a series of four co-written private novels (under the pseudonym P. B. Yuill), which spawned the popular British television series, Hazell.
For me, however, it is Gordon’s least known novel, Pomeroy, which stands out in my memory. I’ve always thought the character strong enough to carry a series, and have been constantly disappointed the novel has remained a stand-alone.
Meet John Stockley Pomeroy, black sheep scion of an aristocratic Tennessee family, cardsharp, hustler, adventurer, seducer – the thoroughly winning new rakehell hero of this high-spirited tale of intrigue and skullduggery set against the gilded splendor of Edwardian London.
Pomeroy’s style is impeccable; his skills flawless; his methods utterly reprehensible. He is wanted for larceny in six states. He is also the perfect man to act as President Theodore Roosevelt’s personal undercover agent for a most unorthodox and dangerous mission, involving a love-struck United States Ambassador, and the object of his affections . . . a young woman whose foreign entanglements indicate she is a pawn in a far deeper and more sinister game.
Elegant, unruly and fatally charming, Pomeroy is a hero who can ascend the heights, and sink to the depths . . . but always with an irresistible élan. He will be heard from again.
Well, actually, he wasn’t heard from again. While information on the back cover of the book indicates Pomeroy is the first in a promised three book series, books two and three never materialized for unknown reasons. It’s a shame because the character really did have a roguish charm, the writing was strong, and the promise of a series well founded. However, even as a stand-alone, Pomeroy is worth tracking down and enjoying.