Starburst

Robin Pilcher, Author . St. Martin’s/Dunne $24.95 (390p) ISBN 978-0-312-35434-3

The bustling Edinburgh International Festival—an actual annual cultural event in Scotland featuring a plethora of the arts—serves as the dynamic backdrop for this nicely handled ensemble novel from Pilcher (A Risk Worth Taking ). The first 100 pages introduce a multitude of lead characters, including renowned violinist Angelique Pascal, smalltown comedienne Rene Brownlow, supposedly reformed criminal Thomas Keene, retired cinematographer Leonard Hartson and others. Each has something another needs — a paying job to offer, a room to let, a shoulder to cry on. As their lives begin to intersect over the course of the three-week festival, betrayal, new love, car chases and attempts at artistic glory ensue. Some of the dialogue can be a challenge (“So ye thocht ye could hide awa’ frae us, did ye?”), but Pilcher keeps the stage full of light and color. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 403 pages - 978-1-84744-029-7
Open Ebook - 400 pages - 978-1-4299-1791-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-312-35608-8
Compact Disc - 11 pages - 978-1-4272-0131-7
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