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Death in the Fifth Position

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In "Death in the Fifth Position," dashing P.R. man Peter Sargent is hired by a ballet company on the eve of a major upcoming performance. Handling the press seems to be no problem, but when a rising star in the company is killed during the performance--dropped from thirty feet above the stage, crashing to her death in a perfect fifth position--Sargent has a real case on ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2014 by Vintage Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Description: With McCarthyism reaching fever pitch in 1950s America, Peter Sargeant - a dashing PR man - is hired by the Grand St Petersburg ballet to fend off rumours that their star choreographer is a communist. But New York's ballet world is shocked when, on the opening night, the lead ballerina plummets to her death from a wire, maintaining her classical pose in the 'fifth position' as she hits the floor.

Gore Vidal's earlier novel The City and the
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:
With McCarthyism reaching fever pitch in 1950s America, Peter Sargeant - a dashing PR man - is hired by the Grand St Petersburg ballet to fend off rumours that their star choreographer is a communist. But New York's ballet world is shocked when, on the opening night, the lead ballerina plummets to her death from a wire, maintaining her classical pose in the 'fifth position' as she hits the floor.

Gore Vidal's earlier novel The City and the Pillar was published i
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Christine
Gore Vidal had to write under a different name Edgar Box because due his work's The City and the Pillar content (homosexual relationship) NYT refused to write any reviews of his works. Death in Fifth Position was published in 1952, he wrote twenty-four novels, six plays, two memoirs.

chapters 1-7

First Sentence:
"You see", said Mr Washburn. "We have been havig trouble".

Is there really a spelling mistake already in the first sentence??? (At least in my edition obviously.) It's putting me off.

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Pedro Fragoso
Jan 16, 2016 Pedro Fragoso rated it liked it
I realize that this was an exercise for Vidal, and an easy way, for him (!) of making a quick buck, but it is witty, bitchy and a fun read. And a class act. Very mordant and courageous take on the time, easier to get away with because protected by "genre". He should have done more than the handful of thrillers he produced.
Lynn
Mar 10, 2014 Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Having read somewhere that Vidal dashed out a few mystery novels to supplement his income in the early years of his career, I expected either a rip-roaring good story or some wonderful writing. I found neither.
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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage; his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation (through marriage) to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Vidal ran for political office twi
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