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Play to the Endby Robert Goddard
Synopses & Reviews
Once Toby Flood played a Bond-like hero in a Hollywood film. Now he's serving a sentence in a crippled traveling production of a newly unearthed Joe Orton play — a play that might have saved Toby's career if only someone enjoyed watching it. Painfully, the show's swan song is coming in Brighton, where Toby's wife happens to be living happily with another man in anticipation of a divorce decree. Then, almost as if he were scripted, a stranger enters the scene...
A stalker is frightening Toby's wife, Jenny, who believes the man is probably one of her estranged husband's fans. When Jenny asks Toby to confront the man, Toby leaps at the chance. Soon, he's moonlighting from the stage lights and heroically pursuing...something. The truth is, the more Toby finds out about Jenny's stalker, the more questions he has about a twisting tale of unexplained deaths, interlocking lives, and the violent, greedy adventures of none other than Jenny's wealthy fiancé — a man who might make the perfect villain, if only the hero lives long enough to prove it...
"A moderately successful actor gets caught up in the role of a lifetime in this gripping thriller from British bestseller Goddard (Sight Unseen). Playing the lead in a recently discovered play by the late Joe Orton that's trying out in Brighton, Toby Flood — whose last chance at fame came when he was briefly considered to take over the role of James Bond after Roger Moore stepped down — gets a call from his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Jenny, who lives in Brighton. She's being stalked by a strange man who hangs around in the cafe opposite her hat shop, and she thinks Toby might be involved because the stalker has been seen with a video copy of one of his films. Toby, still very much in love with Jenny, agrees to help — and finds himself in a dangerous, unpredictable tangle of outright lies and hidden truths about disputed ancestry and industrial immorality. 'Reality doesn't often intrude into the life of an actor,' Toby says as the suspense tightens. 'Pretence is all, off stage as well as on. For me, though, that had changed. Utterly.' (On sale Apr. 25)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Goddard (Into the Blue) fails to bring his characters to life, and without compelling protagonists, the plot becomes flaccid, predictable, and melodramatic. Not recommended." Library Journal
"...Goddard unfolds the mystery layer by doomy layer in a gratifyingly professional way....Grandly entertaining piffle." Kirkus Reviews
"Robert Goddard's elegant prose and intelligence...place him in the company of such masters of historical suspense as John Fowles and Daphne du Maurier." San Francisco Chronicle
Another classic Robert Goddard mystery, intricate, fascinating and deeply satisfying to the last page.
About the Author
Robert Goddard graduated from Cambridge University and worked as an educational administrator before becoming a full-time novelist. The author of sixteen bestselling novels, including Borrowed Time, Into the Blue, In Pale Battalions and Sight Unseen, Goddard lives in England, where he is at work on his next novel.
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