“Face Down In The Park cost me money. I got so engrossed that I couldn’t finish my own work. It’s the kind of thriller that keeps you in your chair and lets your phone go on ringing unanswered.” – Neil Simon
Face Down In The Park
by David Richards, Leonard Foglia
4.0 stars – 68 Reviews
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Broadway director Leonard Foglia and former New York Times and Washington Post cultural correspondent David Richards are true show business insiders. Now their partnership takes a daring twist on a roller-coaster thriller that strips away Hollywood’s glitter and hype – and spills celebrity secrets so close to real life, they just might be true.
Brent Stevens wasn’t doing what most visitors come to do in Central Park – no horse-drawn carriage rides or strolls through Strawberry Fields. He was lying face down trying to figure out the basics: who he was, where he was, and who had tried to kill him. He wasn’t coming up with any answers, either – until Tina Ruffo, a tender-hearted aerobics instructor from Queens, lent a helping hand.
Tina was an exception in New York, someone willing to get involved with a stranger. But well dressed, good-looking Brent Stevens was extraordinary too, and so was his plight. After a blow to the back of the head, he can’t recall his attacker. He has no idea what the key in his pocket actually unlocks. And he can’t imagine the traps he’s about to step into.
Now, as his memories come flooding back, Brent searches for the link between him and a mysterious figure living in New York’s exclusive Dakota apartments, a female TV interviewer known for getting public figures to tell all on camera, and a glamorous husband and wife who are Hollywood’s biggest box-office draws. With Tina at his side, Brent stumbles upon some dangerous secrets and finds dark and deadly truths that connect them all.
With breakneck pace – and sharply witty renderings of celebs who seem all too familiar – FACE DOWN IN THE PARK is super entertainment from two of today’s most imaginative authors of first-rate suspense.
“Their second successful collaboration . . . the author’ adept pacing and their smart parceling out of the clues ratchets up the suspense . . this is a peppy story with appealing moments of celebrity titillation.” – Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating multidimensional crime novel. Whether viewed as in intriguing mystery, a wry send-up of show-biz types, or a touching look at relationships, the novel works. Let’s hope the Foglia and Richards collaboration continues.” – Booklist
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