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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (July 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670026506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670026500
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Rogan sets this thriller in the publishing world, a perfect showcase for sins that can boil over into murder, especially those of pride, envy, wrath, and greed. Just about every scene connected to this world—the slush-pile meeting in the literary agency, the launch party for a megasuccessful writer, and the writers’ conference—is divided into winners, losers, and hangers-on. Rogan’s heroine, Jo Donovan, is a young widow who has inherited a literary agency from her husband. Donovan is under no illusion that talent brought her the fortune and agency she enjoys, which goes a long way to make her appealing. But rejecting writers is part of the job. After a series of agency rejections, someone starts sending nasty e-mails, then moves onto cruel pranks, and, finally, murder. Donovan’s longtime friend, a former FBI profiler, and an NYPD cop try to keep ahead of the murders and keep Donovan safe. Boasting an exciting pace, well-constructed scenes, and inside information about the publishing world, this engaging mystery will attract readers of P. D. James’ similar Original Sin (1995), an Adam Dalgliesh crime story set in the London publishing world. --Connie Fletcher

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Praise for A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan:
 
“A terrific read! A thriller with a psychological heart of mystery, a double-ended love story, and a fascinating look at the world of high-stakes publishing.”
Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of Outlander and An Echo in the Bone 

“Clearly, the most dangerous fictions are the ones we tell ourselves.”
—J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment Call and Edge of Evil 

“Required reading: A glamorous New York literary agent has a lot to fear—and not just from reading bad novels. In Rogan’s thriller, uber-agent Jo Donovan finds members of her uptown inner circle brutally murdered shortly after she rejects a manuscript. But things may get worse: She is certain the detective sent by the NYPD is not New York’s finest. In fact, he’s her ex-boyfriend. You might want to lock your door.”
New York Post

“Rogan gives readers a lot of insider publishing tidbits and provides a very likeable and believable protagonist in Jo.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Fast-paced and witty, full of deftly drawn characters, Rogan's literary mystery introduces a tough but compassionate heroine and an entertaining new series.”
Shelf Awareness

“This literary mystery . . . [is] a perfect beach read.”
Library Journal

“Boasting an exciting pace, well-constructed scenes, and inside information about the publishing word, this engaging mystery will attract readers of P. D. James’ similar Original Sin (1995), an Adam Dalgliesh crime story set in the London publishing world.”
Booklist 

“Rogan does a masterful job of juggling the mounting suspense with a full-bodied portrait of New York literary life . . . The fresh setting, the tricky plot, and the strong characterizations make A Dangerous Fiction one of the outstanding mysteries of 2013.”
—CT News
 
“A clever mystery . . . [with] an appealing, empathetic narrator.”
Publishers Weekly

“The tension is inescapable as the novel races to its dramatic conclusion.”
Book Reporter

A Dangerous Fiction not only has a suspenseful plot, but a cast of colorful, carefully drawn secondary players who advance the theme that we all may be living a dangerous fiction—not really knowing others, not really knowing ourselves. . . . Barbara Rogan cleverly explores . . . our capacity for self-deception and weaves it into an absorbing mystery that keeps its secret until the very end.”
—NPR

More About the Author

Barbara Rogan is the author of eight novels, including SUSPICION and HINDSIGHT(Simon & Schuster). Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, featured by the major book clubs, optioned for movie and television and issued as audio books and ebooks. Her next novel will appear early in 2013 with Viking/Penguin.

Barbara has also worked extensively in publishing. She started as an editor for a large New York publisher. After moving to Israel, she was the founder and, for 12 years, director of the Barbara Rogan Literary Agency. During that period, she served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Book Fair.

After returning to the U.S., Barbara taught fiction writing at Hofstra University and currently teaches for Writers Digest University and in her own online school, Next Level Workshops, where she also offers editing services to fiction writers. She's a frequent lecturer on both the business and craft of writing and teaches seminars and master classes at writers' conferences.

http://www.barbararogan.com/blog
http://www.nextlevelworkshop.com/

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Great characters, plot and suspense.
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It usually takes me a couple of weeks to read a book, stealing 10 or 15 minutes here and there to get through it.
Iris Joan Price
The book kept me guessing until the end when the final twist is revealed.
Kimberly L Leyden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly L Leyden on July 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book kept me guessing until the end when the final twist is revealed. Part of what I enjoyed about the book was the idea of story and how we create our own story often because we are afraid to face what really happened. The protagonist is the young widow of a well-known author. She owns one of the top literary agencies in New York. She believes that she had the perfect marriage. She refuses to listen to anything that conflicts with the story of her marriage that she has convinced herself is true. Ultimately her inability to critically examine her past puts her in the path of a murderer bent on revenge.

A want-to-be writer begins stalking Jo Donovan after his manuscript is rejected by her literary agency. Her world begins to rapidly fall apart after various actions threaten her agency and people close to her are murdered. A couple of her clients offer help. One of them, a former FBI profiler turned writer, encourages her to go to the police. The NYPD detective assigned to the case turns out to be her former boyfriend who has a very different perspective of their relationship and how it ended. Everyone is a suspect at some point as the police try to find Jo's stalker and the murderer (are they one and the same?) before the murderer strikes again.

Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christie on August 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So good! But an understated good, if that makes sense. I read quite a few ARC's, so it's always great when I get to read one I enjoy so much. And this one was published in July, so if you like a good mystery novel, go buy this or get it from your library.

The tone of the novel harkens back to classic crime novels, i.e.: "It was a dark and storm night," from Paul Clifford. Literary Agent Jo Donovan has lead a tough life, but she's a fighter and has come out on top. She runs on of the best literary agencies, although widowed, had a wonderful relationship with a renowned author, and has some great close friends.

But an ambitious writer threatens to ruin it all, when he starts stalking her and attacking those around her. At the same time, and ambitious author working on a biography of her late husband, starts digging around, causing Jo to question if her memory is as accurate as she thinks.

And of course there needs to be a little romance, as an old fame who is now a NYPD detective takes her case, and tries to help her track down who her stalker is.

As I said above, I really enjoyed it and it was hard to put down (which is my favorite type of book). The plot is neat, and ties up loose ends, which I appreciate. And the characters are complex and true to life.

The author's page on GoodReads mentions this is the "first in a new mystery series set in the high-stakes world of big publishing," so I'm excited to hear there may be more. I could see this becoming a really great movie. A triller with heart.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but it in no way effects my review of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's a joy to pick up a book and enjoy an excellent reading experience from the first page to the conclusion.

Being a self published author and going through the publishing steps, I can understand the difficulty in the search for an agent and publisher. I also emphasise with the main character and the authors she represents.

Jo Donovan is the owner of a successful literary agency. One day she is stopped on the street by a pushy man calling himself Sam Spade. He demands her attention and claims that his novel is the best book in years. He also states that she will be overwhelmed by its excellence.

The man is so pushy that one of Jo's employees has to help her remove herself from the man and his assertive manner.

Later, Jo attends a literary function and her laptop is separated from her baggage. Soon after, many of Jo's literary clients begin getting letters that their work has been approved and other false statements. This is humiliating to Jo and she has to print a disclaimer. Of course, it is also disappointing to her clients.

Other events follow and Jo comes to fear for her safety. Then a murder occurs and the suspense mounts.

The author has an excellent feel for New York and what goes on in the publishing industry.

The plot is refreshing and the characters are just what the reader would imagine would be involved in publishing and the gala events and restaurants that are described.

Very entertaining.

4 1/2 stars moving up to five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Allan Garber on October 3, 2013
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Rogan has served it up again! She has created characters with such depth, detail, and backstory that the N.S.A. probably has a dossier on each. The interplay of those lives is handled masterfully. The plot thickens steady and evenly; blending the flavor of each character into an exquisite sauce, yet the mind's palate mulls over the mystery spice of whodunit. A delightful, satisfying read right up the last spoonful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iris Joan Price on August 18, 2013
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It usually takes me a couple of weeks to read a book, stealing 10 or 15 minutes here and there to get through it. I knew I'd found a rare gem of a read when I put everything on hold to devour A Dangerous Fiction in a weekend.

New York City's cliquish publishing industry, a world many aspiring authors regard with awe, is the setting for a series of unnerving incidents that begin with a creepy stalker and threaten to unravel the carefully constructed life of successful literary agent, Jo Donovan. As the stakes grow higher, her agency's reputation, her career and even her friends' lives are in jeopardy.

Whom can she trust when she can't even be honest with herself?

A Dangerous Fiction provides a delicious peek into the world behind the book biz and lives up to its own tough literary standards. Barbara Rogan, a veteran of publishing and former literary agent herself, hits the mark with this one. Read it before summer ends!
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