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Play to the End

Play to the End

Author(s): Robert Goddard

Location(s): Brighton

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): 2002



Approaching his fiftieth birthday, actor Toby Flood arrives in Brighton for the final performances of Lodger in the Throat following a ten-week regional tour. The tour had not gone well, with a hoped-for West End transfer unlikely to eventuate.

Flood himself is a little washed-up, not quite fulfilling his early promise in television and film, but nevertheless a big enough name to receive star-billing on a production showing in the likes of Poole, Guildford, Newcastle and, finally, Brighton.

Unexpectedly, he receives a phone call from his estranged wife, Jenny. Living in the seaside resort, she is being stalked by a man Jenny believes is connected in some way to Flood.

So begins a quagmire of events that involves murder, corruption, cocaine, family feuds and, like Greene’s Brighton Rock, a showdown at Beachy Head, the south coast’s notorious suicide spot.

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Unusually for a Goddard book this story takes place in one location, Brighton, and the storyline doesn’t get waylaid by some of the “romp around the world” twists that some of his other books...

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