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Peter Lime is trained to hunt down his prey and catch them on film. But now he is the one being hunted. Whose prey has he become? And what is it that he has that these people will kill to get? Lime is a Danish paparazzo, living in Madrid. For more than 20 years he has stalked and captured the rich and famous on film, making vast sums of money from exposing their secrets - the more salacious the image, the bigger the fee. But lately he's been thinking of giving it up. His wife and child have changed his life, and now he dreams of doing a job that his daughter can be proud of. Then he goes on a routine assignment, snapping a Spanish minister out sailing with his mistress, and suddenly his world is turned upside down. When a fire destroys his home, but not all of his photographs, Lime sets out to discover a motive and finds himself drawn into the complex and terrifying web of international terrorism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860469886
ISBN-10: 1860469884
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » As a paparazzo in Madrid, Peter Lime has hunted and captured the rich and famous on film for over 20 years. He has made a fortune exposing their secrets, the more scandalous the picture the bigger the fee. But Lime remembers the idealism of his youth and wants a different life now, with a job that will make his daughter proud of him. He then goes on a routine assignment snapping a Spanish minister out sailing with his mistress and his world is ripped apart. A fire destroys his home and family, but not all of his photographs. He is now the one being hunted and sets out to discover who is trying to kill him and why, leading him into a complex terrorist plot. Investigative journalist Davidsen delivers a highly plausible political thriller with a compelling and entertaining plot. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » A Danish paparazzo sees through a lens darkly in this taut, violent thriller about betrayal and revenge. At first, there's little melancholy about transplanted Dane Peter Lime. He loves his beautiful wife Amelia, his charming seven-year-old daughter Maria Luisa, and his snug, sun-kissed home on the outskirts of Madrid. In his more reflective moments he's rather amused by the scale of his contentment since, as a nomadic youngster-backpack and camera often his only luggage-the idea of family was a cultural anomaly. But life, of course, is full of surprises, and an ugly one is about to wreak havoc with his well-ordered existence. Peter Lime is a paparazzo. He earns his living, he freely acknowledges, "from the public's insatiable craving to see the famous and rich disgracing themselves." It's a healthy living indeed: the "hit" he's about to make on the naked cabinet minister cuddling with the naked actress not his wife figures to fatten his bankroll by close to $200,000. But it's Peter who'll pay the piper (and dearly) for this bit of eroticism. For starters, he's arrested, thrown in jail, and gratuitously roughed up as the result of political muscle getting flexed. And yet his enemy isn't quite the enemy he's identified. Someone much more ruthless is focusing on him, someone suddenly convinced that Peter has become a danger-an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep certain secrets safely locked away. It's a case of history having tentacles. Buried in his files, Peter comes to realize, is a half-forgotten photograph with blood on it. Unfortunately, he doesn't know where or of what. Or who to trust as he grimly searches for answers. Strong beginning, squishy middle, smashing climax: Davidsen (The Russian Singer, 1991, etc.) does the edgy, European atmospherics to a turn. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Leif Davidsen

LEIF DAVIDSEN was born in 1950. He spent 25 years as a radio and TV correspondent, and was for a time correspondent in both Spain and Moscow. He published his first novel in 1984 and has written full-time since 1999.