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Hot Ticket

Janice Weber

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ISBN 10: 0446517739 / ISBN 13: 9780446517737
Published by Warner Books
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Oversize Hardcover with DJ. Like new; no internal markings; has lost its "Brand New" shine but no obvious defects. Hardback. ISBN:0446517739. ;Edition/Printing= 1st Edition; 1st Printing; Very fine copy in very fine dj. Acclaimed as a cross between Ian Fleming and Erica Jong, Janice Weber's heroine is a concert pianist and superspy. A sexy intrigue with a distictly femine cast. Comes with publisher sales material laid-in and the compact disc "Music from 'Hot Ticket" Frank Powdermaker as Leslie Frost; Janice Weber as Fausto Kiss. First Edition. 1998 Oversize Hardcover with DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 016059~

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Title: Hot Ticket

Publisher: Warner Books

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Concert violinist and sexy secret agent Leslie Frost heads to the jungles of Central America in search of a missing botanist who may know the secret behind the U.S. vice president's illness, a mosquito-borne fever. By the author of Frost the Fiddler. 25,000 first printing.

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Hot Ticket

by Janice Weber

Leslie Frost first appeared to me between midnight and dawn on a blustery night in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. I had just played a recital at the US Embassy for a private audience of the city's cultural elite: actresses, film directors, opera singers, sculptors, painters, conductors, composers, pianists, and publishers (funny, no novelists), as well as several visiting US ambassadors, consuls, and last but not least, "cultural officers". This was the last concert on a rather hectic tour and I should have been tired, but the excitement of the evening kept me awake long after the last guest had departed. I had never seen so many exotically beautiful women or slightly sinister men packed into one room. The crowd was smoking, drinking, and laughing with that intensity nurtured by eastern Europe's mottled history. I noticed men in corners, speaking briefly and furtively. About what? Who was that lone American slithering like a ghost past ladies in heavy silk and heavier red lipstick? Who were these guests, really? Why had I been invited to play for them? My imagination zipped into overdrive: there were spies among us.

What better cover for a spy, I later thought, than that of concert performer? Espionage required a mobile and solitary traveller with access to the highest and lowest tiers of society...a complex personality who could lead several convincing lives...a woman of mystery and cunning...an American expatriate who loved her homeland yet cringed at its indiscipline...namely, Leslie Frost. She first appeared to readers from her mansion in Berlin, just as the Wall was tumbling down and the border between East and West began to hemorrhage secret agents.

In HOT TICKET, having survived (at the expense of two lovers) her assignment in Germany, Frost is sent to Washington DC. She begins innocently enough with a concert at the White House but quickly finds herself in trouble when, a few hours later, she discovers a body at Watergate and President Marvel, perhaps a devotee of fine music, invites her over for a nightcap. [Sorry! I finished this two years before Monica! Was it Oscar Wilde who said it's amazing how life continues to imitate art???]

HOT TICKET gave me the chance to explore the unnerving similarities between musicians and politicians, as well as give Frost the opportunity to replenish her supply of suitors, this time both male and female. I went to Belize (and was nearly trampled by a tapir) to research the jungle scenes, where the concept of "eat or be eaten" is observed somewhat more literally than in Washington. Power being the ultimate aphrodisiac, the cast of HOT TICKET is understandably ardent, and Frost doesn't escape without a few burns on her nimble fingers: all in all, a fair exit fee from that great zoo, jungle, and circus Washington. Hope you like it!

(c) 1998 by Janice Weber. All right reserved.

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