"Unusually deft and witty dialogue–. With great aplomb, [Bedford] has brought off an erotic thriller."–The New York Times Book Review
In The Houdini Girl, award-winning mystery writer Martyn Bedford explores the pulsing spiritual chaos that lies at the heart of erotic obsession. Fletcher "Red" Brandon is a master magician who uses his talents to seduce Rosa, a flinty Irish woman. But when Rosa is killed suddenly, Red discovers secrets about the woman with whom he shared one sexy, combative, freewheeling year. Inside Rosa’s shoulder bag are a wig and a stranger’s passport. And when a routine investigation reveals that Rosa has vanished before–and that her father was a terrorist for the IRA–Peter suspects foul play.
Red finds himself in Amsterdam, a stranger stumbling through his lover’s secret history. Following a trail of addiction, prostitution, and murder, Red’s search for the truth becomes more and more laden with mystery and forces him to reveal his own unsavory secrets. Masterfully plotted, The Houdini Girl transcends sleight-of-hand trickery for a stunning tale of love, loss, and the lure of illusion.
"A fast-paced story…surprisingly poignant." -Chicago Tribune