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A new serial killer's in town, they call him the Show Girl Slayer, and he's killing off dancers one by one. One of his victims was Amanda Rose Charles' best friend.
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When Tristan MacLaughlin, the leading investigator, asks Amanda Rose to identify the body he thought she was just like all the other dancers, that she was a whore. Amanda herself had come up with some thoughts about Tristan: egotistical, a robot. But as they get to know each other they realize that their stereotyping was way off. Soon the two fall in love, but neither of them can forget about the Show Girl Slayer.
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Avon, Sep 2002, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0380819201

Experienced with ending the careers of serial killers, Seattle detective Tristan MacLaughlin is sent to Reno to head the task force trying to stop the Show Girl Slayer who has killed three local chorus line dancers. Tristan finds himself not wanting the job because he detests hoofers believing they are high-class hookers.

Dancing has been Amanda Rose Charles' life, however currently she is afraid of the killer who murdered a close friend. When Amanda meets Tristan, they immediately share a mutual dislike for one another. He thinks she is a whore and she believes he is a terse egotist. As they become acquainted, they begin to realize their stereotyping is way off base. Tristan sees refined elegance and Amanda observes a caring soul. Soon the couple falls in love, but the show stopping Show Girl Slayer still stalks the ballrooms.

Albeit a serial killer thriller, the lead couple's distinct and opposite personalities turn SHADOW DANCE into a strong police procedural romance. The investigation is fun to follow, but the relationship between the cop and the dancer lightens yet also intensifies the mood, which leads to the chase to stop the killer seemingly real. Readers will adore the intrepid yet reticent Tristan and cherish the lively Amanda. Though a reprint of Susan Anderson's debut novel, the tale remains a strong blending of mystery and romance that fans of both genres will appreciate.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   entertainer


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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