- Author: Ed Gorman
- Artist: Gail Cross
- Page Count: 476
- Pub. Date: 1996
- ISBN: 1-881475-11-5
- Status: Out of Print
by Ed Gorman
About the Book:
When Ed Gorman's first novel appeared nine years ago, The Library Journal noted that Rough Cut "has great strength in the cynical, sardonic, witty voice of the narrator. An auspicious debut."
Eight suspense novels later, Gorman has more than fulfilled that early promise, and no more so than in this novel about the phenomenon of child TV stars... a novel just as "cynical, sardonic and witty" as his first.
Cobey Daniels has it all. He's rich, he's young and he's the hottest star in the country.
But then there is the messy business with 14-year-old Kimberly Conners...and life begins to change for Cobey.
Only Puckett, the investigator hired by Cobey's manager, is able to make sense out of Cobey's dazzling but very dark rise in the world of big-time show business.
And what Puckett learns is not only shocking but very dangerous as well...
This is the first American edition of a novel The London Sunday Times called "darkly mesmeric" and The Bolton Evening News said was "A heart-stopping thriller packed with dark suspense. A real chiller."
Ed Gorman has been an astonishingly prolific writer since he turned full-time in 1984 after 20 years in advertising. Since then he has produced two to three books a year, several pseudonymously, written over a hundred short stories, edited many anthologies, and co-founded and edited the news magazine of the Mystery field, Mystery Scene.
He has written in practically every genre imaginable, from suspense and mysteries to science fiction and horror. If that weren't enough, he is also a frequent editor, often collaborating with his long-time friend, award-winning anthologist Martin H. Greenberg.
He has been dubbed the “Poet of Dark Suspense” and much of his work haunts that ill-defined land between horror and mystery where the emphasis is as much on fear and shock as it is on crime and detection. Even his western fiction trespasses into this darkly psychological territory.
Gorman has also been called "one of suspense fiction's best storytellers" by Ellery Queen, and "one of the most original voices in today's crime fiction" by the San Diego Union.
His work has appeared in magazines as various as Redbook, Ellery Queen, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Poetry Today. He is also the founder, along with Robert J. Randisi, of Mystery Scene magazine.
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