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The Houdini Girl : A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
The Houdini Girl A Novel - Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Author:Martyn Bedford "Unusually deft and witty dialogue--. With great aplomb, [Bedford] has brought off an erotic thriller."--The New York Times Book Review — In The Houdini Girl, award-winning mystery writer Martyn Bedford explores the pulsing spiritual chaos that lies at the heart of erotic obsession. Fletcher "Red" Brandon is a master magician who us... more »es his talents to seduce Rosa, a flinty Irish woman. But when Rosa is killed suddenly, Red discovers secrets about the woman with whom he shared one sexy, combative, freewheeling year. Inside Rosa's shoulder bag are a wig and a stranger's passport. And when a routine investigation reveals that Rosa has vanished before--and that her father was a terrorist for the IRA--Peter suspects foul play.
Red finds himself in Amsterdam, a stranger stumbling through his lover's secret history. Following a trail of addiction, prostitution, and murder, Red's search for the truth becomes more and more laden with mystery and forces him to reveal his own unsavory secrets. Masterfully plotted, The Houdini Girl transcends sleight-of-hand trickery for a stunning tale of love, loss, and the lure of illusion.« less
I loved this book and read it in a single sitting. The story of an English magician whose mysterious Irish girlfriend disappears suddenly, and the perilous journey he undertakes to find out what happened to her. Along the way he discovers she was not who he thought she was. Fabulously unpredictable twists.