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Fan Mail Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

Told entirely through faxes, phone conversations, letters, police memos, E-mail and taped conversations, this wickedly entertaining thriller brings the epistolary novel into the electronic age with a jolt. Joan Carpenter, assertive, high-strung TV news anchor in St. Louis, starts receiving creepy, literate, sexually suggestive crank letters from a nut who calls himself "The Watcher." When Joan, at the insistence of her ratings-obsessed boss Charlie Fishwater, opens a package sent by The Watcher on the air, the show's ratings skyrocket and the police suspect Joan of being an accomplice. As The Watcher's stunts turn deadly, suspicion falls on Joan's gardener, her surgeon, her boyfriend, even Fishwater. Munson ( Nothing Human ) portrays these voices perfectly as he does such others as Joan's psychiatrist sister, her supportive agent and her old-fashioned mom. Interwoven throughout is biting commentary on tabloid television, on the way TV shapes American reality and on the loss of face-to-face contact in our impersonal electronic age, but mostly this is a fast-paced spellbinder that will keep readers turning the pages into the wee hours. BOMC alternate.
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From Kirkus Reviews

Dear Mr. Munson: What a bright idea: an epistolary thriller, telling through letters, faxes, E-mail, phone messages, etc., how a TV anchorwoman is stalked by a homicidal fan self-dubbed ``The Watcher.'' And so timely, too, with the epistolary Griffin & Sabine cruising bestseller lists. But what a shame that, beneath the packaging, the substance of your tale--unlike that of your Nothing Human (1991)--is only yesterday's mail. The story starts promisingly: A fax from talent agent Dan Saturn to client Joan Carpenter, telling her that his meeting with the chief of St. Louis's KMIS-TV went well; a memo from the KMIS chief to the station's news head, alerting him that Joan's a good bet to coanchor the 20/20-styled show Nightbeat; a phone message from Joan to Dan asking him to ``get me that job!'' It's fun to read these word-bites--nicely varied in length, voice, and tone-- and to watch the novel assemble like a jigsaw puzzle. We're glad when Joan gets the job; we feel for her when ratings sag because the news head treats her like a bimbo; we worry when she gets her first, sexually tinged letter from The Watcher. Modest suspense is generated as The Watcher's letters and then actions turn ominous, as he--or she?--sends the ratings soaring by first castrating a critic who panned Nightbeat, then by killing Joan's coanchor. But this all comes to little: The premise of a crazed fan, nothing new (cf. Bob Randall's The Fan, 1977), wears thin, and, though several suspects are perfunctorily set up--a gardener; two of Joan's suitors; a real-estate agent--there's no surprise when, in a flat scene, The Watcher is finally revealed, since one suspect is as good as the next. Overall, then, better in premise than in delivery. We like the chances you've taken with form, though, and we wish you success with your next and awaited novel. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx Book; 1st edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451404823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451404824
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,763,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Bierman Hirsh VINE VOICE on December 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Fan Mail he is. This book was so unique in the fact that the story was told purely thru e-mails, faxes and phone messages.
The plot touches on a stalker called The Watcher, something that every personality fears but what made this book so chilling was the fact that the reader, along with the stalked, had no clue as to what the stalker was thinking.
The reader is kept in suspense by not being allowed to view what is going on inside either the stalker's head or the vicitim's. While this is not the best mystery I have ever read, it certainly wins points for creativity.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book out of pure curiosity, and I do not regret it for even a second!
Ronald Munson took a turn for the better when he wrote this book completely by letters. emails. faxes. and recorded telephone messages.

Joan Carpenter, a contraversial newscaster, is new to town and must rely on her co-workers and friends for support with settling in. Not long after arriving to town, Joan begins to get letters, faxes and emails, from someone who clained to be her "biggest fan."
When Joan had a problem with a fellow worker at her TV station, the stalker killed the troublemaker. Just how far would this "fan" go? Would this person..KILL... Joan?

Who is this stalker?... Well they might be closer than you think.....
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I read this book years ago and was so happy to find it on Amazon so I could re-read it and own it! It was just as great as I remember. Service was great too. This book was a previous library book and arrived in good condition very quickly.
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