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The Kiss of Death
Jeffery Deaver | Hodder & Stoughton | Rs 695

In this ticking-clock thriller, Deaver looks at what it means to be a female celebrity singer being pursued by a stalker who believes that every song the singer has sung has been specially written for him. The price of fame in the modern world of invasive TV coverage and multimedia is much more than in the years Beatles came to India. In 1960s they could have stayed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Rishikesh ashram, today that is unimaginable. The price of fame in Deaver’s book comes with dead bodies, social media, the internet and a smart ass detective, Kathryn Dance. Deaver is an author of 29 novels, his latest is a James Bond novel, Carte Blanche published in May 2011.

(The above review appeared in the Saturday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 18 August 2012)

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