The Fan Author:Bob Randall Barely noticed in the daily mail, the Fan's letters begin to come. At first filled with love for the star he worships, the letters soon change into fantasies of intimacy with her. Then, subtly, they become menacing, perverse, obscene - and they draw the reader into a dazzling thriller. — In his first novel the playwright Bob Randall explores the... more » nightmare side of his own world - Broadway and Hollywood - and uncovers a devastating new monster of obsession and rage.
The Fan's targets are Sally Ross, the bawdy, funny, aging Broadway star, and her loving, tough-as-nails secretary, Belle. Safe in their world despite the letters, they joke, battle, and cling together against the memory of lost loves, the reality of life passing.
Then, one day, the letters stop and the women are engulfed in terror. Belle is savagely knifed in a subway station. There is a bizarre attack on Sally's dressing room.
And all the while the Fan moves closer, the tension escalates, the nerve-racking suspense builds - until the shocking, totally surprising end.
The novel unfolds through an amazing correspondence full of glamorous, gossipy notes, love letters, hilarious exchanges, touching pleas for forgiveness.
The Fan is a sexy, witty, menacing tour de force, made all the more shattering by the fact that it really could happen. No reader will ever sit in the theater again without wondering if the Fan is there in the darkness with him.« less
This story is told through a series of correspondences, some of which are only a paragraph or two long, and few of which are longer than a page, making this a fast read. At times it seems a bit predictable, but Randall uses the characters' wit and humour to keep the reader involved. I was afraid the ending would be a let-down, but there is an unexpected twist that left me satisfied by the story.
Some text of a graphic violent and sexual nature, but not to the point of being gratuitous.