PLAY TO THE END is another classic Robert Goddard mystery, intricate, fascinating and deeply satisfying to the last page
Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His bestselling novels are- Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue (winner of the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw), Take No Farewell, Hand in Glove, Closed Circle, Borrowed Time, Out of the Sun (a sequel to Into the Blue), Beyond Recall, Caught in the Light, Set in Stone, Sea Change, Dying to Tell, Days Without Number and Play to the End.
Toby Flood, a has-been British actor, arrives in Brighton to play the male lead in a failing play for its final week. His estranged wife, Jenny, happens to live in Brighton with her handsome and wealthy fiance, Roger Colborn. Toby still loves Jenny, but their marriage has fallen apart in the aftermath of the death of their four-year-old son. When Toby agrees to find out why Jenny is being followed by a strange man, he begins to uncover some ominous secrets in Roger's past. Toby walks zombielike through this tired tale with one thought in mind: "Must get wife back." He is oddly unaffected by the deaths and disappearances of friends and acquaintances as he focuses monomaniacally on protecting Jenny from Roger. Goddard (Into the Blue) fails to bring his characters to life, and without compelling protagonists, the plot becomes flaccid, predictable, and melodramatic. Not recommended.-Jane la Plante, Minot State Univ. Lib., ND Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
" Gripping." --"Publishers Weekly" "Gripping.""--Publishers Weekly "
A moderately successful actor gets caught up in the role of a lifetime in this gripping thriller from British bestseller Goddard (Sight Unseen). Playing the lead in a recently discovered play by the late Joe Orton that's trying out in Brighton, Toby Flood-whose last chance at fame came when he was briefly considered to take over the role of James Bond after Roger Moore stepped down-gets a call from his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Jenny, who lives in Brighton. She's being stalked by a strange man who hangs around in the cafe opposite her hat shop, and she thinks Toby might be involved because the stalker has been seen with a video copy of one of his films. Toby, still very much in love with Jenny, agrees to help-and finds himself in a dangerous, unpredictable tangle of outright lies and hidden truths about disputed ancestry and industrial immorality. "Reality doesn't often intrude into the life of an actor," Toby says as the suspense tightens. "Pretence is all, off stage as well as on. For me, though, that had changed. Utterly." (On sale Apr. 25) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.