DEATH SETS THE STAGEOne by one they died. In Paris. In Switzerland. In Ireland. In California. The most gifted and famous Soviet defectors. Victims of an unknown assassin. Pawns in a monstrous game.One prize target remains. Dima Lubov. The most celebrated new star of the ballet world. Leaping from triumph to triumph on stage. And plunging into a passionate love affair withDEATH SETS THE STAGEOne by one they died. In Paris. In Switzerland. In Ireland. In California. The most gifted and famous Soviet defectors. Victims of an unknown assassin. Pawns in a monstrous game.One prize target remains. Dima Lubov. The most celebrated new star of the ballet world. Leaping from triumph to triumph on stage. And plunging into a passionate love affair with Jennifer Hale, the exquisite American prima ballerina who is the perfect partner in his art and in his arms.A gruesome global orchestration of evil is mounting towards its nightmare crescendo - as the pair of unsuspecting lovers dance ever closer to the abyss......
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By the same author who wrote Lily Cigar.
Now this is still, despite its age, a shining example of well written, excellent-to-read thriller. Real tension building to the wonderful ending and characters to care about make it a superb read. A depth of knowledge on the topic of ballet, not too much blood and guts or tedious spy stuff, add up to a novel anyone can enjoy, not just the spy or thriller aficionados. I'm a ballet fan anyway, and if Tom Murphy is not, he deserves 10 out of 10 for his research. The story has two plot threads: nearly retired Sam of the CIA wondering why so many Russian defectors are dying, and Jenny and Dimitri and the ballet company. This is the USSR Russia of communist times so Dimitri is also a defector. We have the charming love story of Jenny and Dimitri, and the looming horror of the attempt that will be made on his life, along with Sam's efforts to stop it. The list of characters is long but all of them are well drawn and feel 'real'. Tom Murphy's writing skills are exceptionally good. He's not a flashy writing. You just realise how good he is when you've finished the book and try reading another thriller. Even if you are not a ballet fan you will enjoy the novel because it's about people. Tom Murphy's skill is such that he makes you care right from the opening page when Jenny is about to dance her first major role in front of a critical New York audience. 'Ballet' should be on every thriller writer's shelf, every would-be thriller writer ought to read it, and readers who love excitement and the 'will he - won't he' tension of a thriller will want to keep the book to reread once a year!
Confession: I read this years ago and have been looking for it ever since to purchase a copy. My ballet background endeared it to me. Also the thinly veiled identities of the ballerina and her ballet lover. It's not great literature. But it's lovely and hit a resonant chord with me. And now...I'll buy it, if I can find it on Amazon...
I read this book back in the 1970's when it was first published and remember really liking it a lot. So…I decided to read it again when I quite accidentally came across it recently. I still like the story but sometimes the point of view changes were pretty sudden and it threw me out of the flow since there wasn't a section break or anything to warn me first. The ending was sort of abrupt, leaving certain aspects of the story open ended. I enjoyed all the ballet aspects of the story very much and that's probably my favorite part of the story. There is also a murder plot going on so I'd categorize this as general fiction with espionage and a romance subplot.
This is in equal parts a love story and a spy novel, written with a poetic precision. What makes it really stand out is a first rate look at the backstage life of ballet dancers; I can't speak with equal authority as to the reality of the CIA backstage workings, but Tom Murphy certainly makes it seem believable. I've re-read this a number of times and am still interested enough to race along to the climactic Gala scene.
I think I might've been too young to really understand this book (when I read it).