Breaking Point

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In a luxurious Paris greenhouse, one of the grandest parties of the tennis season has just begun. Suddenly there's the sound of glass shattering - and a woman's scream - as a body plunges through the skylight and lands facedown in the koi pool. "It's only a secretary," they say. "Let's downplay it," they say. But Jordan Myles, ex-tennis champion and amateur detective, knows something's up, and when the man who saved her life, Noel the Fish Fisher, is nearly beaten to death, Jordan knows that she has to get to the...
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In a luxurious Paris greenhouse, one of the grandest parties of the tennis season has just begun. Suddenly there's the sound of glass shattering - and a woman's scream - as a body plunges through the skylight and lands facedown in the koi pool. "It's only a secretary," they say. "Let's downplay it," they say. But Jordan Myles, ex-tennis champion and amateur detective, knows something's up, and when the man who saved her life, Noel the Fish Fisher, is nearly beaten to death, Jordan knows that she has to get to the bottom of it. Filled with the kind of inside information that only a tennis legend like Martina Navratilova could provide as well as her own views of the behind-the-scenes drama of world tennis, Breaking Point features an enthralling cast of characters, including the All-American star and Jordan Myles's nemesis Kelly Kendall and the in-your-face lesbian sports sensation Dagmar Olafsen.

The winningest tennis champion in the world serves up her latest thriller. Jordan Miles, retired tennis pro, is attending one of the grandest parties of the tennis season when a woman's body plunges through the skylight and lands in the koi pool. When Jordan senses a cover-up, this part-time sleuth is determined to get to the bottom of the matter--before someone else is killed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Navratilova and Nickles lob a winner into the mystery court with the follow-up to The Total Zone. At Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Jordan Myles-former women's tennis champ, now co-founder of the Desert Springs Sports Science Center-witnesses the fatal fall (through a greenhouse roof) of Catherine Richie, the former assistant to promoter Jimmy Bennet. Although Jordan leaves the investigation to the French police, questions about the death and the hoopla building around the Crown Jewel, the richest tournament on the circuit (which Catherine was promoting), nag at her. Jordan isn't surprised to learn that PI and old friend Noel Fisher has been hired by Catherine's family to find out who murdered her, and she resolves to help him. But when he's hospitalized after being nearly beaten to death, she realizes that both of them are in danger and she must find the killer before she becomes a victim herself. Insights into the tennis circuit and sports medicine combined with a taut mystery serve to move this doubles pair up a notch in the rankings. Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Ex-tennis star Jordan Myles attends a prestigious cocktail party in a Paris greenhouse and comes face to face with murder when a woman crashes through the glass roof. To find the killer, the victim's parents hire Jordan's friend, private investigator Noel Fish. After a beating hospitalizes Noel, Jordan takes on the case. Navratilova's simple formula expands to encompass the world of tennis, commercial sports products, and sports medicine allusions, but the presentation lacks excitement, emotion, and humor. For die-hard fans only.
Emily Melton
Most celebrities stick to kiss-and-tell autobiographies when they become authors, but gutsy former tennis great Navratilova has never been one to play it safe. She's decided to write mysteries, and even though her first attempt didn't exactly top the best-seller lists, she's back for a rematch. Martina has heeded the advice that good authors should write about what they know best, so her mysteries revolve around tennis. After a horrifying fall in a mountain-climbing accident, former tennis star Jordan Marsh can no longer play, but she "can" use her background in physical therapy to set up a clinic that caters to the tennis elite. At a tournament in Paris, Jordan sees a young girl fall from the roof of a building, tries to revive her, and when she's unsuccessful, decides to take a personal interest in finding out why the girl died. It's not an easy task--especially after Jordan's own life is threatened. But the stakes are huge, with money, fame, jealousy, and greed all playing a role in the scandalous scheme that led to the murder. Navratilova serves up a nicely written, entertaining story featuring a clever heroine, some nice touches of humor, and a pro's-eye view of competitive tennis. A top seed on the mystery best-seller lists? Maybe not. But good enough to find a spot in most library collections.
Suzanne Westenhoefer
While the reader will probably guess "who done it" about a third of the way through, it was that unexplained "why they done it" that kept me furiously page-turning, finishing Breaking Point, Martina Navratilova's second mystery novel with Liz Nickles, in less than a day...

Breaking Point is a tightly written puzzler with a convincing outcome - just what we expect from a good mystery. Considering all the hoopla over The Firm, which I figured out in the first few pages, this is certainly a more satisfying riddle.
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Kirkus Reviews
There are several murders in this rather too breathless mystery about the slick, sleazy underbelly of the professional tennis circuit, but one real villain: Big Money. Retired tennis pro Jordan Miles (The Total Zone, 1994), forced from the game by a devastating defeat at Wimbledon, now has a successful career as a physical therapist specializing in sports injuries. Her new life and her lingering fame keep her on the outer edge of the inner circle of tennis, and it's while attending a glitzy party during the French Open that she witnesses the murder of a young woman. Against the advice both of her colleagues and the police, Jordan begins to trace the life of the victim. An old friend, a p.i. hired by the girl's parents, is beaten senseless. Jordan, back at the scene of the crime, is pushed from the building's roof (landing unhurt in a manure pile, in the first of several improbable escapes from danger). Eventually, though, the investigation leads Jordan to a duplicitous tennis agent, two sullen, fading tennis stars, several corporate sponsors with more money than morals and a shadowy conspiracy to rig a major tournament.

Navratilova and Nickles's second effort works best in its critical portrait of the interests controlling the billion-dollar industry of professional tennis. Some sharp passages on the harried lives of pros and the extraordinary rewards that the game can offer make it, frequently, authentic and lively. There are one too many hairbreadth escapes, though, in a plot that eventually becomes too tangled to be entirely convincing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345388681
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Jordan Myles Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Martina Navratilova has won more tournaments than any other player in the history of professional tennis. Her autobiography was a New York Times bestseller.

          

Liz Nickles is the author of Baby, Baby and Hype. She lives in Los Angeles.

          

Navratilova and Nickels are also the authors of the first Jordan Myles mystery, The Total Zone.

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