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Somebody Else (Hardcover): Reggie Nadelson

Somebody Else (Hardcover)

Reggie Nadelson

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Photographer Betsy Thornhill returns to New York city just after the carnage of 11 September, appearing dramatically younger than her 51 years. For Betsy, succumbing to vanity, has had a complete facelift, emerging from beneath the scalpel looking like the 35-year-old she used to be. Her newfound beauty brings her into contact with a disconcerting young man, Bobby Ketsen, who seems to find her familiar and pesters her with constant demands to take her to dinner. However, Betsy becomes embroiled in a baffling murder case when Ketsen is found murdered at his studio and the police put together a photo-fit image of Betsy's face, based on a witness account. Still fragile and confused with the psychological effects of her facial surgery, Betsy roams the streets of the traumatized city, camera in hand, to discover her doppelganger and expose the true killer. Using her rejuvenated good looks to gain information, she discovers that she and Ketsen had more in common than she thought. Her estranged daughter, Franny, who works as a volunteer in some of the most dangerous places in the world, seems to have been dangerously involved with him, and as Betsy digs deeper, she finds that Bobby Ketsen was a very unsavoury character indeed. His dealings with Franny may have given her an excellent motive for his murder - and since Betsy's facelift, mother and daughter bear a startling resemblance to each other.... This contemporary thriller is a beautifully written portrait of a woman and a city who have both suffered structural and emotional damage. In a world made suddenly more dangerous, Betsy's vulnerability is a perceptive reflection of the American psyche in the 21st century. Nadelson's atmospheric descriptions of food and environment are a brilliant backdrop for her eccentric characters and her confused heroine. The intriguing plot twists add to a great novel that will instantly transport you to the streets of New York. (Kirkus UK)
'You were some dish', says Betsy Thornhill's boyfriend seeing an old photograph of her. A casual remark, but Betsy, a fifty-year-old American living in London, finds herself looking in the mirror. Conscious, for the first time in her life, of age. A food photographer, she sees the implicit rot not just in the fruit and cheese and lobsters she takes pictures of, but in her own flesh. She goes in for a 'little work' on her face and comes out looking marvellous. Younger by fifteen years. Younger than she could have imagined. License to start again. She goes back to New York where she has not lived for thirty years, to a city traumatized by the aftermath of September 11, its own flesh ripped up. A few days after she arrives, Betsy is accused of murder. She looks at the police sketch. 'It isn't me', she says. 'It's someone younger'. 'Look in the mirror', says the cop. Betsy is trapped by her own face. This begins a Hitchockian tale of mistaken identity, a gripping tale of food, death and sex, of youth and age. If I'm thirty-five, Betsy wonders, who am I? What are the markers in my life? As she searches for the real killer in a city drowning in the worst snowstorm in years, she stumbles through her own past which leads her to a terrifying, heartbreaking conclusion.

General

Imprint: Faber and Faber
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2003
Authors: Reggie Nadelson
Dimensions: 210 x 160mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-571-20939-2
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery > General
LSN: 0-571-20939-4
Barcode: 9780571209392

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