Stage Business

Stage Business

by Gerry Fostaty


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Crime and Deception in Toronto

Michael Dion is an actor, not a detective, but when Amanda, an attractive young actress, asks him to help her find Kyle, her friend's rebellious son, how can he refuse? The gig turns out to be much more than Michael had bargained for. Kyle has fallen into the clutches of small-­time drug dealers. Egged on by Amanda, Michael bluffs and blusters his way to secure the boy's release. The thugs overreact, putting Michael's life at risk until his fellow actors and special effects artists come to his rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928049081
Publisher: Deux Voiliers Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2014
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Gerry Fostaty is a Canadian author. Stage Business is his first novel. He was an actor working on stage and in film and television for more than twenty years. Gerry is also the author of As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier (non-fiction) published by Goose Lane Editions.

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Stage Business 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this book. I was hesitant at first, but it was a delight from start to finish. Smart, funny and exciting, this book delivers characters that leap off the page and provide twists, turns and riveting dialogue. There is certainly a movie in this book. I really enjoyed it.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What a well written and thought provoking novel. The plot was well thought out and fun, while also creating a very believable scene for readers. Above all, I enjoyed how real this novel was. Fostaty keeps it tied to the present and to reality while taking readers on a one of a kind adventure. Suspense is present throughout as the mystery unravels. At the same time, this novel is a light, at times very comical novel that held my attention throughout. Fostaty’s characters are fun, funny, and easy to get along with. I loved the different personalities and how they meshed together. Their intertwining and intersecting lives bring the cast together as a whole just as much as their common goal does. I loved the inventiveness and ability to act at a moment’s notice. Fostaty has definitely created a winner with this one! This is one Canadian author well worth watching. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Geza More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me back to familiar places in Toronto where I grew up, and it is clear the author knows the stage business, which is the backdrop to a very human story. I learned a lot about acting and actors, and learning is one of the things I look for in a book. The other is to be excited, even titillated. While STAGE BUSINESS is not quite thriller, not quite mystery, it certainly has elements of both, and the suspense is kept up throughout. The characters are believable and well-portrayed. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Dion is a stage actor involved with a small theater company preparing for a new performance. He wants desperately to attract and romance Amanda, an ambitious and and budding star. This leads him into a crazy sequence of happenstances trying to rescue Kyle, the teenage son of Amanda's friend. Kyle has fallen into the bad graces of a ruthless drug gang who have kidnapped him.  After some frightening challenges, Michael together with his friends who are fellow actors, use they're stage smarts and clever tricks to outwit the bad guys and rescue the teen.  This story is a fun romp. Michae's friends are interesting and believable. There is a good mix of characters with easy to follow dialog. I especially liked Michael's good friend, Nigel. He is a shrewd, attractive and well-developed personality who could probably hold his own in another novel. The story unfolds with tight writing and good pacing, and at the same time is filled with fascinating backstage theatrical information. I learned quite a bit of new information about production and props used in the theater, such as painting the stage floor black at the end of the performance run. The writing is tight and polished using fun similes such as " was rather like trying to avoid a Labrador Retriever when you had a pocketful of cookies."  I also liked the infusion of Twitter and geocaching in the story. Of course these young characters are well-versed in social media, so It is totally believable and adds to their credibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating combination of amateur detective work and theatrics!