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Former Olympic skating star Ellen Cusack is pondering a new beginning for her career when she starts receiving hate mail from someone calling himself the Ice Man. Soon after, the phone begins ringing in the middle of the night — at first the caller hangs up when Ellen answers, but then he begins to talk to her. The stranger promises Ellen that he will change her life. When gardeners dig up the body of an unidentifiable young woman in Ellen's garden, panic sets in. And then a videotape arrives in the mail, a tape ...

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Former Olympic skating star Ellen Cusack is pondering a new beginning for her career when she starts receiving hate mail from someone calling himself the Ice Man. Soon after, the phone begins ringing in the middle of the night — at first the caller hangs up when Ellen answers, but then he begins to talk to her. The stranger promises Ellen that he will change her life. When gardeners dig up the body of an unidentifiable young woman in Ellen's garden, panic sets in. And then a videotape arrives in the mail, a tape of a little girl in a blue dress who looks exactly like Ellen.

At her agent's insistence, she hires Peter Golding, a private investigator with a penchant for getting a little too involved with his clients. Who is after her, and why?

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Pete Golding, the private investigator protagonist of Lynch's (The Policy) latest thriller, has a reputation for being a little too intense. He recently gunned down a stalker who was bent on slicing up a starlet, and though he garnered major PR for his Hollywood firm, his boss hesitates, for a moment, to put lethal Pete on a new case. Ellen Cusak, a former World Champion ice-skater and media darling, is supposedly being stalked, but ever since she and her famous actor husband were divorced after trying unsuccessfully to have a child, her popularity has suffered, and she may just be trying to attract publicity for her soon-to-be published biography. It's Cusak's agent who insists that Pete is the man to protect his client. Pete, a Cusak fan for years, takes the case, falls for Ellen and soon narrows in on a suspect, but the stalker ups the ante by sending Ellen a video of a child who looks just like her. The video is leaked to the media, and speculation about whether Ellen might have had a daughter and abandoned her freezes endorsement and book deals and costs Ellen coaching clients. When a friend of Ellen's spills a secret of Pete's, Ellen dismisses the investigator, but Pete can't cut loose and stalks the stalker with renewed intensity, his heart on his sleeve and his gun in his shoulder holster. After a revelation involving fertility clinic shenanigans, the creepy finale is replete with explosions and gore. Lynch has a talent for suspense tinged with horror and this fast-paced ride appeals in spite of stock characters. Pete Golding's quirks--a macho lug with a yen for figure skating?--and an inventive minor cast add zest to the tale. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525945109
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lynch is a pseudonym for Philip Sington and Gary Humphreys, whose previous novels, Carriers and Omega were both national bestsellers. Carriers was made into a TV movie and Omega has been optioned by Universal. The authors divide their time between London and the South of France.
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From the acclaimed author of The Policy-called "a top-notch thriller" by Publishers Weekly

Ellen Cusack, a former Olympic skating star, is twenty-five years old and newly separated from her Hollywood businessman husband. With her dreams of a happy marriage and children fading, she contemplates restarting her career when she begins to receive hate mail from someone who calls himself "the Ice Man." Soon the mail turns into phone calls in the middle of the night . . . a whispering, menacing voice . . . and then the stranger threatens that he is going to "change her life." Ellen hires a suave private investigator, Pete Golding, after gardeners digging in her yard find the body of a young woman sitting in a makeshift grave wearing a ski jacket and glasses. The tension mounts when Ellen receives an alarming videotape in the mail showing a little girl in a blue dress who looks exactly like her. Who could be after her and why? Figure of Eight is a great achievement for Patrick Lynch, showcasing his talent for crafting plots that span a broad canvas of events and pulling them together in a tightly woven, suspenseful narrative.

"The science is solid. The pacing is perfect. The characters are convincing. And the possibilities are chilling."-St. Paul Pioneer Press (on Carriers)|Patrick Lynch is the author of three previous novels: The Policy, Omega (both available from Signet), and Carriers (available from Berkley). He lives in London, England, and Bedoin, France.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2000

    An Unusual Story

    It's always refeshing to read of a lead character with all-too-human frailties, who engenders as much sympathy as admiration. The author is unafraid to make his hero flawed, and in so doing makes him even more likable. Such is the case with Pete Golding, the security specialist assigned to the case of Ellen Cusack, a famed figure skater who is being stalked. As a skating fan, I had hoped there would be a bit more rinkside action, but the story moves briskly along. The resolution and answer to the 'puzzle' is intriguing and unexpected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Absolutely riveting

    Few thrillers in recent years have engaged and entertained me as well as this one. Just when you think you know where this book is heading, it takes you off in a whole new direction. The writing is sharp and entertaining and the plot is sharp as a razor. A delight for mystery/thriller readers who yearn for a little quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Great biotech mystery

    This book completely took over my week-end. My family were all appalled. I kept meaning to put it down, but somehow ... Brilliant!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining Los Angeles Noir

    The stars all want private investigator Pete Golding to provide them with protection ever since he killed a stalker about to slash his client, a rising starlet. Pete¿s boss is not as confident as the Hollywood crowd is about his out of control media star. Lenny Mayot hires the firm to guard his client, former Olympic skating superstar Ellen Cusak, from a dangerous but clever stalker The Ice Man who seems to intimately know Cusak. Lenny demands Pete, who gets the assignment. <P>Pete has always been a fan of Ellen, but was not prepared for his attraction to her. Meanwhile, the Ice Man sends a video to Ellen and the media that stars a child who looks almost identical to the ice skater. Everyone quickly believes the worst, namely that the frigid Ellen abandoned her child. This costs Ellen her budding Hollywood career and some ice-skating jobs. Though Ellen fires Pete, he continues to protect her by seeking to put an end to her stalker. <P>FIGURE OF EIGHT is a by the book LA noir novel that has been done so many times, no one would claim owning the T-shirt. However, in the capable hands of Patrick Lynch, the story line keeps the reader¿s attention from start to finish. Pete is a near lunatic, who, if he was not a former cop security guru, would have been an obsessive stalker. Ellen is fabulous prima donna and her agent would out sleaze Nixon. The secondary characters make Southern California shine in it smoggiest of days. Though not anything unique or fresh, FIGURE OF EIGHT is a gold medal tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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