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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...

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"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.)

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"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

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"...Goddard unfolds the mystery layer by doomy layer in a gratifyingly professional way....Grandly entertaining piffle." Kirkus Reviews

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"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

Synopsis:

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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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
This is my first Robert Goddard novel, but it certainly will not be my last. This story is wonderfully plotted, fluid and intelligent. Duplicity and intrigue are the order of the day and will keep you reading. Unlike most mystery/suspense novels, Mr. Goddard's manipulations and story telling expertise do not "telegraph" the ending when your half way through the book. Others have described the plotline, I will not do so. Just know that if your in the mood for some engrossing storytelling, this is the ticket.
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ISBN:
9780385339186
Author:
Goddard, Robert
Publisher:
Delta
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Brighton (England)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.07x6.07x.82 in. .79 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Delta - English 9780385339186 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "Goddard (Into the Blue) fails to bring his characters to life, and without compelling protagonists, the plot becomes flaccid, predictable, and melodramatic. Not recommended."
"Review" by , "...Goddard unfolds the mystery layer by doomy layer in a gratifyingly professional way....Grandly entertaining piffle."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Another classic Robert Goddard mystery, intricate, fascinating and deeply satisfying to the last page.
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