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Back in London's swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a 16-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve's career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his 11-year-old daughter is kidnapped.
Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgement for the rest of your life. It doesn't take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen's search takes her through San Francisco's underbelly and all the way to '70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve's hotel room.
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A fun, well-paced thriller with vivid characters and amusing period detail.
In the earlier Colleen Hayes story, "Vanishing in the Haight", Margy Stein showed that she is a fine reader, with a rich, expressive and intelligent voice. But here, oh gosh, she really struggled when confronted with the need for a variety of British accents. Sometimes the struggle briefly provided its own slightly weird entertainment, but too often it was simply distracting. I hate to sound critical, because I'd listen to her reading any day of the week - just so long as she stays safely on her side of the Atlantic. Let's hope the next Colleen Hayes story will keep her confined!