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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155166514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551665146
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Popular TV talk-show host Jessica Wright finds herself stalked by an obsessed fan in this workaday romantic thriller from Van Wormer (Just for the Summer). Despite tough security, the creep infiltrates the television studio where she works, as well as her vacation house, where he leaves unsettling notes, a mysterious gift and, finally, the dead body of Jessica's secretary. Then he kidnaps Jessica. The convoluted plot initially moves briskly but then gets bogged down in the details of the abduction. Juxtaposed against the kidnapping story is the budding romance between Jessica, a recovering alcoholic, and news producer Will Rafferty, eventually a suspected accomplice in the crime. Van Wormer, a practiced talk-show guest and the "novelizer" of several TV serials, puts her behind-the-scenes experience to good use, showing the tense balletics inherent in live broadcast. When Jessica writes her autobiography, Van Wormer, who is also a former editor at Doubleday, takes the opportunity to introduce tidbits about the publicity aspect of publishing. Despite the urgent atmosphere that permeates this fast-paced thriller, however, it falls short on character development. Three key female characters introduced in earlier novels play major roles here, but it's difficult to tell these tough, attractive, driven career women apart. Agent, Loretta Barrett; editor, Diane Moggy; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Americans love to watch talk shows, and host Jessica Wright leads the ratings game. She's warm, friendly, and candid about her past and perfectly willing to share her descent into alcoholism and degradation in her soon-to-be-released autobiography, Talk. In her rise to fame, Jessica gained the friendship of Alexandra Waring, the network anchor, and her relationship with Alexandra's coanchor, Will Rafferty, seems to be heating up, but there's trouble ahead: one of her fans, Leopold, has been courting her via letters for months, and now he's sending her gifts and asking her not to wear revealing clothing on her show. Jessica dismisses him as a nuisance until the gifts and notes start appearing on the set. As security is beefed up, Leopold ups the ante. First, he murders someone he perceives as a "threat" to his beloved, and then he comes up with a plan that will shock the nation. Van Wormer's latest romantic thriller features characters from her earlier works, Riverside Drive (1989) and West End (1990), and has enough intrigue, drama, and tangled relationships to give Jerry Springer pause. This hot summer read will appeal to fans of Joy Fielding and Nora Roberts. Melanie Duncan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Best-selling author Laura Van Wormer has been a force in fiction since the publication of "Riverside Drive" in 1988. She is the author of fourteen novels which can be grouped according to heroine and/or genre.

All the novels in which the anchorwoman Alexandra Waring appear are often referred to as "The Alexandra Chronicles". Those books are, in order:

RIVERSIDE DRIVE (mainstream fiction, long book)
WEST END (mainstream fiction, her longest book)
ANY GIVEN MOMENT (mainstream fiction, long book)
TALK (mainstream fiction, long book)
EXPOSE (#1 Sally Harrington mystery, long book)
THE LAST LOVER (#2 Sally Harrington mystery, shorter book)
TROUBLE BECOMES HER (#3 Sally Harrington mystery, shorter book)
THE BAD WITNESS (#4 Sally Harrington mystery, shorter book)
THE KILL FEE (#5 Sally Harrington mystery, shorter book)
MR. MURDER (#6 Sally Harrington mystery, shorter book)
RIVERSIDE PARK (mainstream fiction, average novel length)

The Sally Harrington Mysteries are listed above. They are shorter, a mix of romance, thriller, mystery and comedy, and are the only books Laura has written in the first person.

Her other 3 novels have their own following:

BENEDICT CANYON (mainstream novel, long book, about TV production in LA)
JURY DUTY (mainstream novel which ended up on mystery bestseller lists)
JUST FOR THE SUMMER (mainstream Hamptons novel, mystery following)

Her life story?

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Darien, Connecticut at 10 months old. After graduating from Darien High School Laura spent a year at the University of Arizona before transferring to Syracuse University, from where she received a B.S. in Public Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School.

Laura then went on to New York, looking for a job in television, but landed a job instead as secretary to the editor-in-chief of Doubleday & Company. "Every day my head was spinning," Laura says. "Everyone from Leon Uris to William F. Buckley, Jr., Victoria Holt to Phyllis Whitney, Edna O'Brien to Stephen King, Arthur and Alex Hailey to Allen Drury were all publishing with Doubleday at that time."

Laura rose through the editorial ranks somewhat specializing in celebrity and mass media-related books. Caught in a deadline crunch one year, Doubleday and 20th Century Fox flew Laura out to the West Coast to create a book based on the hit TV series, "Dynasty". Upon her return to New York an offer was made to her to create a book for the rival hit TV show, "Dallas". Laura ended up leaving Doubleday and accepting the "Dallas" assignment to support herself while writing a first novel.

The novel took four years to write. To keep body and soul together Laura became "The Official Dallas Historian" (!) and helped to create a "Dallas" board game for Lorimar. She then took on "Knots Landing" as a book project, and after that, again to keep body and soul together while she worked on her novel, wrote advertising copy, copy for the back of jigsaw puzzles and even had a brief career as a board-game creator.

She finally finished her first novel, "Riverside Drive", which is going into its 8th edition.

Laura is a longtime member of the Authors Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

In 2011 Laura and her partners founded Author & Company, the electronic publishing and internet marketing company, of which she is CEO. Her identity is all mixed up now and you can visit the author at LauraVanWormer.com and the publisher at AuthorandCompany.com. In either venue know that she loves hearing from readers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Stonecipher on December 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently read "Just For The Summer" by Laura Van Wormer and thought that that novel was horribly slow-moving and dull. But I later learned that "Just For The Summer" was the novel where Mrs. Wormer began her transition from romance to romantic suspense. So I decided to give "Talk" a try. I was very happy that I did because it was great. Talk show host, Jessica Wright, is being stalked by an obsessive fan. He sends Jessica threatening letters and notes promising to be there for her "always". It starts to get way out of hand when this stalker kills Jessica's secretary, Bea. Next Jessica is kidnapped at a local party/ function! It is up to her lover and friend, Will, her producer, Cassy, the FBI and local police to try and save Jessica before her life is claimed buy a nutcase who will do anything, absolutely anything, for Jessica! I already have Expose, Mrs. Van Wormer's next romantic suspense novel, in my possession and I'm looking forward to reading it greatly!
Brad Stonecipher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "marble" on January 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Talk after I read Expose, and now I'm in the process of ordering more of Van Wormer's books. Talk was a great story. I appreciate how Van Wormer develops her characters, and how likeable yet diverse they are. The lead character, for instance, is a recovering alcholic. Her love interest is a possible suspect in the mystery, and "Alexandra Eyes" has her own secrets. When Jessica is kidnapped, she ends up rescuing and helping one of her kidnappers who was badly injured. I didn't feel compassion for him until the end of the book, when the plot comes together. And as for Leopold ... well you'll have to draw your own conclusions. It's an entertaining read. I want more.
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By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Talk show host Jessica Wright owns prime time TV as her show seems to be watched by everyone. However, among her vast fan base is a nasty stalker, who knows more about the star than she knows about herself.
This individual has information about the studio, Jessica's home, and her vacation house. He can enter any of the three without being caught even with the heightened security. The man has the audacity to leave personal gifts for Jessica without anyone seeing him drop the present off. Even with the police and the FBI searching for him and trying to discover his identity, he manages to kidnap Jessica, who is in for a fight where the stakes are her life.
TALK is a well written novel that starts incredibly well, continues at a rapid pace, but slows down a bit after the abduction occurs. Jessica is a witty, intrepid character, but many of the recurring support players feel artificial when compared to their previous appearances. Still, Laura Van Wormer scribes an ent! ! ertaining thriller that will please fans of the series, female thrillers, and serial killer stories.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Talk" stands by itself as a well-structured romantic mystery, with the unusual plot twist of devoting the last fourth of the novel to the characters' reactions AFTER the crime is solved. Readers of Van Wormer's past novels already know the characters and bring more to the story; it is almost like a reunion with old friends -- Cassy, Alexandra, and, of course, Jessica. While the book is not as densely-packed with wit and detail as "Riverside Drive" and "West End," it is still great to spend time with these characters again and I hope the author's future novels will continue to feature the DBS Gang.
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Format: Hardcover
Laura Van Wormer does it again, a page turner. Talk brings back many charecters from Riverside Drive. Jessica is at the top of her career with a talk show of her own. She has a secret admirer who seems to know her every move, he haunts her by leaving notes to her. He finally makes his move to take her with him by kidnaping her. But Jessica keep her cool. You will be brought into the TV news station.Like all of Van Wormers books it is written so out standing, and great style, which only she is able to do. A master of story telling.
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I've bought every Van Wormer book in print hoping for a story the equal of "Riverside Drive." This book isn't, but it is still engaging reading . . . easy to put down and come back to. In most of Van Wormer's books there is a REAL sweaty Lesbian Love scene. None here but the 'relationships' from previous books are here . . . i.e., the Hollywood Star, the boss newscaster, etc. Neat detective work saves the talk show host's life.
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