A detective faces a horrifying choice between love and duty in this hair-raising debut. Scott Frost, who is currently at work on a second Alex Delillo novel, is a screenwriter whose credits include the television classics "Twin Peaks" and "Life Goes On."
It is always a pleasure when a reader is in sync with the material she performs. Such is the case with Frasier's fine reading of this exciting thriller by Frost (Twin Peaks; The X-Files). A small-time florist is shot and killed, and Los Angeles homicide detective Alex Delillo is assigned to the case. What at first appears to be a simple murder investigation soon blossoms into a gut-wrenching race to stop a madman from committing a terrorist act during the annual Pasadena Rose Parade. At stake are the lives of hundreds of parade watchers, including Alex's teenage daughter. Frasier gives her detective a professional, just-the-facts voice as she relates Frost's tight mystery plot, but injects a more intimate note when she's musing over her more personal situations. As the stakes and suspense begin to heighten, so, too, does the emotion in Frasier's performance. Unlike some narrators who have problems portraying a multitude of characters and often cross the line from character into caricature when voicing the opposite sex, Frasier uses a simple and subtle shift of inflection to differentiate the variety of people populating this audiobook and keeps the flow smooth and involving. Based on the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 10). (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Posted February 07, 2010 by Kris , Northeastern PAFrost's main character, Det. Alex Delillo, is a single mother. When her teen-aged daughter gets caught up in a madman's intricate bombing plot, Delillo must use all her skills as a homicide detective to find her daughter before it's too late. Frost keeps the story moving in this well-writen and tense first novel. Recommended.
February 07, 2006
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Excerpt from Run the Risk by Scott Frost
THE AUDITORIUM HAD the strong perfume scent of too many roses, like the hospital room of an accident victim. That sweet, not entirely healthy air. It smells so good you just know something terrible has happened.
It's funny how the imaginary life you conjure up for your child is invariably nothing like the real thing. It's actually not that different from being a cop, except that the longer I'm a cop, the less surprised I am by the things I see. And the longer I'm a mother . . . well, I don't really need to finish that, do I?
I was watching my daughter compete in a beauty pageant. The Rose Parade Queen no less. How can you prepare for a moment like that?
How the hell did this happen?
I should be happy my daughter is on that stage, right? She's beautiful, smart. It's just that I always imagined beauty queens as girls from Texas with a missionary glow in their eyes as if they were selling a peculiar brand of faith. And I always imagined they were someone else's daughters.
Maybe it's because I'm a cop that I don't buy any of it. Look at the girls on that stage. From left to right: Kimberley, Rebecca, Kellie, Grace, Caitlin. They're all hiding something-no escaping it. Doesn't take a cop's eyes to see it. Kellie had her nose done, Grace her teeth, Caitlin lips . . . God only knows what Kimberley had done. And Rebecca . . . Rebecca I think has done it all.
What isn't perfect can be hidden. Beauty queens cling to that like some ultimate, unshakable truth.
My own daughter lied on her application for the pageant about two piercings. Bet the judges wouldn't be happy about that: I know I wasn't. I only know about them because I found the disinfectant in her bathroom.
Nothing is ever completely hidden-ever. A cop's one and only unshakable truth.
I looked at my daughter and wondered how she'd become a stranger to me. I didn't know. It just crept up like the change of seasons.