The Spring


Irving drives his narrative from the fantastic to the realistic and back again, playing a game that’s sure and steady.” — Publishers Weekly

An extraordinarily entertaining and thoughtful combination of Lost Horizons and Presumed Innocent. Not only is it a mystery – on at least two levels – but it poses troubling questions concerning prolonged life and its ultimate value.” — Booklist

Irving delivers a parable about aging and euthanasia that’s spare of prose and thoroughly creepy; book discussion groups will love it. Recommended for all libraries.”— Library Journal

A Colorado mountain hamlet possesses a remarkable secret to protect from outsiders – a secret perhaps worth killing for.

Dennis Conway, a New York criminal lawyer, has moved west to marry Sophie, the beautiful mayor of the 9,000-feet-high hamlet of Springhill. When his in-laws are charged with murdering two close friends, Dennis defends them at trial in Aspen.

This is a stunning story of social contract in the interest of longevity. The San Francisco Chronicle write that “The Spring is a worthy follow-up to the best-selling Trial and Final Argument.”