Why: I know this a darker Trollope, where the characters all hunger after mammon in an unseemly way (is there any other way to do so?). It seems appropriate in these times, after all the greed and self-promotion that brought us the current economic collapse. This review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/623724) really drew me in. I love where he says "There are lots of other disreputable characters, too. One of my favorites is the seductive Winifred Hurtle, who, they say -- and I love this detail! -- shot a man in Oregon."