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The Fourth Wall

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Other than a critic, who'd kill a Broadway play? Playwright Abigail James has long been fascinated by revenge tragedies, those theatrical classics about getting even. But all of a sudden, she's living in one: The set of her latest Broadway hit has been vandalized, actors horribly attacked, a designer blinded with acid, the brilliant director terrified into hiding. Clearly, ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1979)
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Noellah
Jun 24, 2016 Noellah rated it really liked it
NOPE!This is not a SPOILER.
I thought It was Jake Steiner, Sylvia's hubby but then no since he's never been backstage.
Whatever unveils next whoa whoa whoa....
who'd have thought.
Jake Steiner dies, Loren ,Dorothy & john hiding. Man I was so waiting for them to come back and throw those big parties damn it.
Abby, Leo and Ian make the win team man.And business goes on like nothing ever happened.

hahaha Hugh Odell is funny ''You missed your calling bitch,you should've been a librarian''
But what happ
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Kathleen
Jan 13, 2009 Kathleen rated it liked it
This is about a theater company that is being terrorized by some vengeful unknown. The members of the company decide that since the police can't seem to help them, they will have to deal with the investigation on their own. And when they find the culprit, they deal with their own revenge on their own as well.

Told with such humor and panache that while you can't condone what the characters do, you can't really hate them for it. Well-written with engaging characters and clever action.
Jules Jones
Jul 13, 2012 Jules Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[2006-11-25] Early mystery from Barbara Paul, set in a New York theatre in the present day. A modern take on the Jacobean revenge tragedy, it's harsh and a traumatic read, but one hell of a book. One of my all-time favourite mysteries, and I'm pleased to see that it's recently been brought back into print.
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Aug 27, 2010 Susanm rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed the funny and acerbic writing style, the NYC in the late 1970's setting, and the voices of the characters, plus all the detail about working in theater. But it was shockingly violent at times and kind of a strange story. Bit of a weird one.
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Barbara Paul is an American writer of detective stories and science fiction. She was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1931 and was educated, inter alia, at Bowling Green State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

A number of her novels feature in-jokes: for example Full Frontal Murder borrows various names from the British TV series Blake's 7.
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