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More About Fatal by John T. Lescroart; Jacques RoyOverviewFrom New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting standalone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple. Kate loves her life. At forty-four, she's happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill. Kate and Peter only exchange a few pleasant words but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter. What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two. Confident that her life can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on. Not long after their affair, a masked man barges into the cafe Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be. An explosive story of infidelity, danger, and moral ambiguity, John Lescroart's latest thriller will excite and satisfy both his current and new fans.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Lescroarts new San Franciscoset standalone thriller is pretty much the ultimate literary exploration of the domino effect. Kate Jameson, whos married, seduces Peter Ash, whom she just met at a dinner party. To her their nooner was a momentary amusement, but it unleashes a long-subdued satyriasis in Peter. A few months later, when his bullet-ridden body washes up on a beach, a police investigation ensues, led by SFPD Sgt. Beth Tully, who also happens to be Kates best friend. Theater actor Roy spins the combination of police procedural and modern-day morality tale smoothly, effectively dramatizing Lescroarts highly charged passagesamong them an unexpected terrorist shooting spree in a lunchroom where Beth and Kate are chatting. Its a while before Beth and her investigation take command of the novel. Until then, Roy uses a coolly objective approach to the unpleasantly self-involved Jameson and Ash families. His approach is much warmer and more natural once Beth takes center stage, along with her equally likable partner Ike and her potential paramour Alan. Roy understands the other characters are there to serve the plot, but Beth and her people are the books heart and soul. An Atria hardcover. (Jan.)BookPage Reviews
Audio: Fatal attraction
John Lescroart hasn’t left San Francisco, but he’s giving a sabbatical to Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, the stars of his long-running crime series. In his latest standalone thriller, Fatal, read by Jacques Roy, he pairs his trademark genres—police procedural and courtroom drama—in an intriguingly different way. Beth Tully, a homicide inspector for the SFPD, and the strikingly beautiful, happily married Kate Jameson have been very close since their college days. When Kate confides that she’s obsessed with a man named Peter, a lawyer she met at a dinner party given by her husband’s law partner, Beth pleads with her to let it go. She doesn’t. Six months later Peter’s body is found floating in the Bay with an obvious gunshot wound. It takes Beth, who lands the case, a while to sift through the suspects and connect the dots that may implicate her best friend in a murder. Then this whodunit tilts and twists in a swirl of moral ambiguity, the inevitably disturbing consequences of marital infidelity and the strong bonds of female friendship.
THEN AND NOW
Finding a decent, affordable place to live in London, like New York, is a Herculean task. When Emma and Simon hear that there’s an unusual, austerely elegant, super-high-tech house in their price range, they’re intrigued. So what if One Folgate Street comes with a weird, probing questionnaire, a long list of rules and an interview. Emma, who was brutally attacked during a recent burglary, is all for it, while Simon is not so gung-ho. Emma is the “girl” in JP Delaney’s debut thriller, The Girl Before, performed by Emilia Fox and Finty Williams. Her story intertwines with the life of Jane, who might be called “the girl after,” and she, too, has just had a personal tragedy. In increasingly chilling “now” and “then” chapters, both women fall for Edward Monkford, the owner, obsessive perfectionist and acclaimed architect of One Folgate Street. Are Jane and Emma reliable narrators? Or, since the title has “girl” in it, do we have to find the kernels of truth under elaborate and deliberate lies? That’s the psychological game here, and it’s a doozy.
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