Synopses & Reviews
When a glamorous literary agent falls prey to a violent stalker, she discovers that the publishing biz can really be murder, for fans of The Spellman Files and Maisie Dobbs
Suspenseful . . . Barbara Rogan cleverly explores . . . our capacity for self-deception and weaves it into an absorbing mystery that keeps its secret until the very end.”
Jo Donovan always manages to come out on top. Originally from the backwoods of Appalachia, she forged a hard path to elegant lunches and parties among New York Citys literati. At thirty-five, shes the widow of the renowned novelist (and notorious playboy) Hugo Donovan, the owner of one of the best literary agencies in town, and is one of the most sought-after agents in the business. But all this is about to fall apart, as a would-be client turns stalker, a hack shops around a proposal for an unauthorized tell-all biography of Hugo, and a handsome old flame shows up without warning.
Both a seasoned author and a former literary agent herself, Barbara Rogan knows the publishing world from all angles. Fans of Lisa Lutz and Jaqueline Winspear will adore Jo Donovan and Rogans wickedly sharp tale that skewers the dangerous fictions we readand the dangerous fictions we tell ourselves.
Praise for A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan:
“A terrific read! A thriller with a psychological heart of mystery, a double-ended love story, and a fascinating look at the world of high-stakes publishing.”
—Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of Outlander and An Echo in the Bone
“Clearly, the most dangerous fictions are the ones we tell ourselves.”
—J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment Call and Edge of Evil
“A Dangerous Fiction not only has a suspenseful plot, but a cast of colorful, carefully drawn secondary players who advance the theme that we all may be living a dangerous fiction—not really knowing others, not really knowing ourselves. . . . Barbara Rogan cleverly explores . . . our capacity for self-deception and weaves it into an absorbing mystery that keeps its secret until the very end.”
“Required reading: A glamorous New York literary agent has a lot to fear—and not just from reading bad novels. In Rogans thriller, uber-agent Jo Donovan finds members of her uptown inner circle brutally murdered shortly after she rejects a manuscript. But things may get worse: She is certain the detective sent by the NYPD is not New Yorks finest. In fact, hes her ex-boyfriend. You might want to lock your door.”
—New York Post
“Rogan gives readers a lot of insider publishing tidbits and provides a very likeable and believable protagonist in Jo.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Fast-paced and witty, full of deftly drawn characters, Rogan's literary mystery introduces a tough but compassionate heroine and an entertaining new series.”
“This literary mystery . . . [is] a perfect beach read.”
“Boasting an exciting pace, well-constructed scenes, and inside information about the publishing word, this engaging mystery will attract readers of P. D. James similar Original Sin (1995), an Adam Dalgliesh crime story set in the London publishing world.”
“Readers who take this one to the beach should find themselves engaged, entertained, and enlightened.”
“Rogan does a masterful job of juggling the mounting suspense with a full-bodied portrait of New York literary life . . . The fresh setting, the tricky plot, and the strong characterizations make A Dangerous Fiction one of the outstanding mysteries of 2013.”
“If you love a tautly-spun web of deceit and revenge, put A Dangerous Fiction at the top of your summer reading list . . . . Rogans book takes you by surprise as she deftly reveals the publishing world, sprinkles around red herrings, and makes you question the secrets you may have forgotten about your own past.”
“We love this new series from Barbara Rogan—how can you go wrong with a literary agent turned PI? Jo Donovan is one of the most successful literary agents in New York City, and shes being stalked by one of her clients. When her stalker starts to harass her other clients, Jo finally turns to the police—where an ex-lover is now an NYPD detective. This is one you wont want to put down.”
“Refreshing . . . This book is a good old-fashioned whodunit with plenty of twists and turns . . . [and] Jo Donovan is a great central character who deserves her place among the PIs and police officers.”
“A clever mystery . . . [with] an appealing, empathetic narrator.”
“The tension is inescapable as the novel races to its dramatic conclusion.”
“A Dangerous Fiction reads like a tell-all, inviting readers into the sleek, hallowed inner circle of literary Manhattan, then blowing that world apart with harrowing intrigue and a gripping mystery. Finally, as a bonus, Rogan offers a surprisingly sweet redemptive thread with which to stitch it all back together. A Dangerous Fiction blends deft prose with a pitch-perfect voice, and Barbara Rogan is a storyteller at the top of her game.”
—Vicki Pettersson, author of Cheat the Grave and The Scent of Shadows
“Barbara Rogan knows the world of writers, agents, and editors, and in A Dangerous Fiction she offers a vivid inside look at both the glittering successes and the failures that breed feuds and obsession. As a stalker resorts to murder to destroy literary agent Jo Donovans life, readers will cast suspicious glances at everybody from a disgruntled former employee to a rejected writer to Jos most trusted friends. A Dangerous Fiction is great entertainment!”
—-Sandra Parshall, Agatha Award-winning author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries
“The backstabbing and cutthroat competition we imagine going on behind the scenes in publishing make it the perfect setting for murder, and Barbara Rogan has done it justice in A Dangerous Fiction. I loved every wickedly delicious page.”
—Hallie Ephron, author of There Was an Old Woman
“Rogan brings an insider's keen view, pulling the reader into the New York publishing milieu with all of its jealousies, intrigue, excitement and larger-than-life personalities. At the heart of the story is a woman's need to uncover the truths about her own life, even as she's the target of malevolent foes she can't identify. Danger, suspense, romance and the deep bonds of friendship--A Dangerous Fiction has it all. I couldnt put it down!”
—Darlene Marshall, author of Castaway Dreams
“Barbara Rogans A Dangerous Fiction positively drips with intrigue and delicious suspense. I couldnt put it down—and you wont want to, either.”
—Lorraine Bartlett, author of the Booktown Mysteries
A romp of a publishing mystery that introduces Jo Donovan, literary agent-cum-detective, that will delight fans of Janet Evanovich, Lisa Lutz, Alan Bradley, and ABC's Castle
Jo Donovan always manages to come out on top. From the backwoods of Appalachia, she forged a hard path to life among the literati in New York City. At thirty-five, she’s the widow of the renowned author Hugo Donovan and the owner of one of the best literary agencies in town. Jo is living the life she dreamed of but it’s all about to fall apart.
When a would-be client turns stalker, Jo is more angry than shaken until her clients come under attack. Meanwhile, a biography of Hugo Donovan is in the works and the author’s digging threatens to destroy the foundations of Jo’s carefully constructed life. As the web of suspicion grows wider and her stalker ups the ante, she’s persuaded by her client and friend—FBI profiler-turned-bestselling-thriller writer—to go to the police. There Jo finds herself face-to-face with an old flame: the handsome Tommy Cullen, now NYPD detective.
A Dangerous Fiction marks the welcome return of Barbara Rogan and the start of a terrific new series.
About the Author
Barbara Rogan was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. After working for a New York City publisher, she moved to Tel Aviv and a year later established a literary agency that would become the primary conduit for books published in Israel as well as Israeli writers published abroad. During that period, she served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Book Fair, and her first novel was published. �In 1994, she sold the agency and returned to New York. She has written eight novels and co-authored two nonfiction books. Her fiction has been translated into six languages. She has taught fiction writing at Hofstra University and SUNY, and currently teaches for Writers Digest University and in her own online school, Nextlevelworkshop.com. �The mother of two grown sons, she lives on Long Island with her husband and a German shepherd known as the Work in Progress.