Something Wild Hardcover – 13 Sep 2001
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NEST OF VIPERS
'Nest of Vipers is very good' Toronto Sun
'A wonderful, glossy, sexy thriller ... masses of plotting, counter-plotting and double doubles, a marvellously brave, beautiful heroine, a devastatingly desirable baddie-hero and the kind of detail that involves you 101 per cent' Daily Mail
'Nest of Vipers certainly qualifies as fast-paced fun' Chicago Tribune
'If John Grisham ... were female and British and attuned to the high-tech tintinnabulation of currencies changing hands around the world, he might write a twisty thriller such as Nest of Vipers' Fortune Magazine
'This is an accomplished thriller' Sunday Times
'A taut sexy thriller about corruption and general nastiness in the City' Evening Standard
'Linda Davies shows all the signs of an emerging storyteller of talent' Sunday Express
'Utterly fascinating' Entertainment Weekly
'Wall Street's answer to Scott Turow' New Woman
'Her writing style is mellifluous, her understanding of high-stakes currency trading authoritative yet unobtrusive, and her action scenes snap - making this a financial thriller with bull, not bear, written all over it' Publishers Weekly
WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
'A high-speed financial thriller that spans the globe from London to Southeast Asia' Library Journal
'It's well-structured and the climax in the jungles of Vietnam is good rough-and-tumble stuff' The Times
'An immensely entertaining fiscal thriller notable for its exotic locations' Kirkus Reviews
'Fast-moving...parlays money, sex and mayhem into an excitement...establishes a sterling future for Davies' Publishers Weekly
INTO THE FIRE
'A cracking, fast-paced thriller. Excellently researched. I thoroughly enjoyed it'
General de la Billiere
'A fan of Graham Greene and John Le Carré, Linda Davies' speciality is the link between banking and the secret service ... Into the Fire uses fraud as the springboard that catapults its feisty, aikido-kicking heroine into a steamy espionage plot that reaches its apex at the Inca temple of Machu Picchu' Financial Times
'This slick novel about banking, murder and international travel is epic in aim ... Linda Davies clearly knows both Peru and the banking world well ... It is the excellent depiction of Peru and the well handled cliff-hanger ending, that makes this a worthwhile holiday read' Daily Express
The new novel from international bestselling thriller writer Linda Davies - and the sequel to the acclaimed NEST OF VIPERSSee all Product description
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Something Wild is mystery set in the music business. The plot hinges on the attempt to set up a "Bowie bond" deal and Linda Davies succeeds in plotting a path through the maze so that the people who would not normally touch the financial pages of a newspaper can appreciate what is involved and the complexities of securing such a deal serve to build up the tension of the plot. The central figures of the story are a charismatic rock star - who comes across as a composite of Bruce Springsteen, John Denver and Robert Redford - an a beautiful banker, Sarah Jensen who will be familiar to readers of Linda Davies's first novel, Nest of Vipers. During the Watergate scandal in America which brought down President Nixon in 1974, the informant known as "Deep Throat" told investigative reporters to "follow the money" to get to the bottom of the mystery. This is what Something Wild does. By following a fictional Bowie bond deal it sheds new light on the world of rock music.
New, interesting plot, with angles not previously written to death by others.
Would do well not to go on and on about breastfeeding - I'd have to warn any man I recommended to read the book to persevere and read past these mostly unecessary bits. Hope she hasn't gone gooey since having her own children.
I saw the posters in the Moorgate tube station - Something Wild. I was sorry I hadn't kept up, she had another book out and I hadn't realised. Then I read the blurb - the word "rockstar" came up and I have to admit I did not divert immediately to the book shop. A rockstar? I think the choice of word puts it in a limited age group. The 40+ have rockstars. The >30 have Pop Idols. Those on their 30s, well who knows? (Maybe they have foot on both pedestals - this would be good for Davies's sales.)
I'm sorry but "rockstar" conjured up images of those popular in the 70s and early 80s - perhaps still strumming or whatever, but then, that's up to them.
Eventually I bought the book and thought "give it a try". It stands up to Davies's other books quite well, but does home in on new mothership. (First baby, not Star Trek!) There are a few passages consigned to the experiences of breast feeding; and one would have been enough to give the reader a feel for Jenks's circumstances. (The others would be better placed in a National Childbirth Trust leaflet.)
Prejudices aside I read on and on and on... It is a page turner. The workings of the city of London are key and it is a good mystery. There's just too much emotion and single family stuff to make it directly comparable to her earlier thrillers.
Just to note I am an avid reader who loves all sort of books, and is never with one on the go, this has got to be in my top 3 best reads.
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