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Figure of 8 (edition 2000)
Figure of 8 by Patrick Lynch
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451201736, Mass Market Paperback)Ellen Cusak left Ukraine as a young teenager, skating her way to fame and fortune and capturing the hearts of millions of adoring fans in her adopted country. Shortly after winning the World Championship, she married a Hollywood celebrity and dropped out of sight. Now that the romance is over and the bills are mounting, she's gliding toward a comeback, with a book deal, a TV special, and lucrative endorsements in the offing. That's when the threatening letters and phone calls begin, hinting at a dark secret in her past. A photograph of a young skater in a blue dress with an astonishing resemblance to Ellen appears mysteriously on the trophy wall in her living room, and an unidentified corpse turns up in her backyard.
When security specialist Pete Golding, who has secrets of his own, is called in to track down what at first seems to be the stalking of an obsessed fan but turns out to be a case of murder, Lynch's ingenious plot takes the reader on a circuitous route to the truth.
Golding is a complex and well-drawn protagonist, and in this chilling thriller by an accomplished writer (The Policy) he emerges as a man who himself is no stranger to obsession. The pace rarely falters as Golding's dogged detecting sheds light on the dark underside of sunny L.A., the price of celebrity, and the chicanery of those who prey on the hopes and dreams of infertile women. A good read, with a hero who deserves a comeback of his own. --Jane Adams
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:05 -0400)
Former Olympic skating star Ellen Cusack is pondering a new beginning for her career when she starts receiving hate mail from someone calling himself the Ice Man. Soon after, the phone begins ringing in the middle of the night -- at first the caller hangs up when Ellen answers, but then he begins to talk to her. The stranger promises Ellen that he will change her life. When gardeners dig up the body of an unidentifiable young woman in Ellen's garden, panic sets in. And then a videotape arrives in the mail, a tape of a little girl in a blue dress who looks exactly like Ellen. At her agent's insistence, she hires Peter Golding, a private investigator with a penchant for getting a little too involved with his clients. Who is after her, and why?
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