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Crime and Deception in The Theatre
Michael Dion is an actor, not a detective, but when Amanda, an attractive actress, asks him to help her find Kyle, her friend's rebellious son, how can he refuse? The gig turns out to be much more than Michael had bargained for. Kyle has fallen into the clutches of small-­time drug dealers. Egged on by Amanda, Michael bluffs and blusters
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Deux Voiliers Publishing
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Trish
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Canadian writer Gerry Fostaty’s first novel is a delight from start to finish. Fostaty takes up the eminently reasonable but hitherto underused concept that the acting profession is excellent training for undercover police work. An acting troupe improvises their way through street theatre of the life-and-death variety, using their acting experience, stage props, and street smarts to outwit a drug gang that has kidnapped the son of a friend.

What makes the novel especially engaging is its essenti
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Matt
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Fostaty reached out and asked that I read through his recent publication, offering an honest review, which is how STAGE BUSINESS found its way into my possession. Michael Dion is not a detective, nor does he play one on television (or on stage, for that matter). In trying to curry favour with a fellow actress during a rehearsal, Michael volunteers to help Amanda locate a friend's son. Seventeen year-old Kyle stormed off after an argument with his mom and failed to return the next morning. Amanda ...more
Jen
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian, mystery
After a riveting personal account of Canadian tragedy, Fostaty makes his foray into fiction with the same attention to detail. Stage Business is a great mystery novel with an intriguing cast of unique characters to keep you enthralled.
Leslie Shearn
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gerry Fostaty

A quick read and light thriller focusing on actor Michael Dion who is wiling to do anything to grab the attention of co-star Amanda. When one day troubled about her friend Karen missing son, Michael volunteers to be of help and much to his surprise it is accepted by Amanda.

Michael soon finds himself in the world of raves and drug dealing, neither of which he had any knowledge of prior to this adventure. With his involvement snowballing he soon finds that he has involved acting frie
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Max Mclaughlin
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stage Business is a novel set in the theatre world of Toronto. Michael Dion, an actor preparing for a new play, is drawn into a dangerous set of circumstances when he attempts to impress an attractive co-worker by helping the son of a friend in need.
This is Fostaty’s first novel and he draws from his years of personal experience in the Toronto theatre scene. His quirky cast of characters are instantly recognizable by anyone who has spent anytime at all backstage in Canadian theatres.
The audience
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Jo Morningstar
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read! I was pleasantly surprised, I didn't think I would enjoy reading this as much as I did.
I definitely recommend this book.
Kristin Scearce
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was unlike anything I've read before in that the characters are stage actors playing detectives in order to solve a case on their own without involving police (due to specific reasons that are laid out over the course of the story). It makes total sense now, but I never would've thought that undercover police work is basically just acting, so who better than actual actors to do the work? It's such an interesting story, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little mystery and d ...more
Norman Hall
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gerry Fostaty's STAGE BUSINESS is an easy, pleasurable read loaded with edge-of-your seat action and brilliant doses of wit and humor.The plot, wrapped in the clothing of the theater and its cast of characters, takes us on a thrilling ride into the world of small-time drug dealers, raves and gangs in Toronto.

During the last angst-filled days of a play rehearsal, we are treated to actor Michael Dion's first-person account as he is lured by his lust for fellow actor Amanda into helping her find Ky
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HKelleyB
Stage Business is Canadian author Gerry Fostaty’s debut novel. Written in British (UK) English, it is a well-crafted mystery. The story takes place in the city of Toronto where the cast and crew of a theater company use their talents to rescue a kidnapped kid and to thwart the efforts of the gang that holds him captive.

The kidnapped kid is Kyle, the seventeen-year-old son of Karen and Rob Eaton. Karen is the best friend of Amanda Clarke. Amanda is an actress and the secret crush of Michael Dion,
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Christine Sparacino
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael Dion is a stage actor involved with a small theater company preparing for a new performance. He wants desperately to attract and romance Amanda, an ambitious and and budding star. This leads him into a crazy sequence of happenstances trying to rescue Kyle, the teenage son of Amanda's friend. Kyle has fallen into the bad graces of a ruthless drug gang who have kidnapped him. After some frightening challenges, Michael together with his friends who are fellow actors, use they're stage smart ...more
Alexis Allinson
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in the heart of Toronto, On. Canada.

An actor has all of his skills put to the test when attempting to locate and rescue another person's son all because he is crushing on the female lead in the play his has been cast in.
It was interesting how the story twisted the main character “Michael” out of his routine acting and into under cover work, leaving the police behind, but bringing all of his fellow acting friends with him.
I can only say that you need to read it for yourself
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Geza Tatrallyay
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me back to familiar places in Toronto where I grew up, and it is clear the author knows the stage business, which is the backdrop to a very human story. I learned a lot about acting and actors, and learning is one of the things I look for in a book. The other is to be excited, even titillated. While STAGE BUSINESS is not quite thriller, not quite mystery, it certainly has elements of both, and the suspense is kept up throughout. The characters are believab ...more
Mark Cameron
This was a fun read. It's not a genre that I usually read -- I'd call it an "amateur sleuth" mystery with a hint of "noir fiction" -- so I'm not quite sure how to rate it ... but I enjoyed following the intricate details of a quirky plot with equally quirky characters, and seeing a small glimpse of the Toronto theatre scene.
Aly
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book for me. I liked the story line and how the actors became engaged in the undercover police work. This book kept me wanting more from the characters and the adventure but once the story got moving I found I wanted to know what was going to happen next. *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Heidi
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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