Burnell, Mark The Rhythm Section

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The Rhythm Section

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The debut of an extraordinary new author – a novel of how a woman, pushed over the edge by the violent deaths of her family, survives only by taking other identities.

Stephanie Patrick’s world was destroyed by the Atlantic aircrash. Falling into a downward spiral of prostitution, drugs and drink, she is picked up by a journalist who has discovered that it was a bomb that caused the crash. And it is his murder that pulls her out of herself.

The Rhythm Section is not a thriller about the hunt for a terrorist, although that is the path Stephanie takes, and it’s not a story about revenge, although justice for her family is her initial motivation. Rather, The Rhythm Section is the story of Stephanie’s attempt to reclaim herself. She has to rediscover who she is through a series of roles that she is forced to play; she is never herself. As a prostitute, she is Lisa, the chemical blonde. Later, she is Petra Reuter, German anarchist turned mercenary terrorist. Sometimes, she is Marina Gaudenzi, a Swiss businesswoman, or she’s Susan Branch, an American student, or Elizabeth Shepherd, an English management consultant.

But whoever she is, she’s never herself because her life depends on her being someone else. This is the way she is trained by the intelligence service that recruits her, but it’s also the way she’s taught herself to be; being someone else has always worked for her and so it does now, until she begins to fall in love for the first time with Frank White. This undermines her completely and poses new questions: which of the many people she has become is the one to have fallen in love? Stephanie? Petra? Or one of the others? With whom has Frank fallen in love? Marina? Or the real Stephanie? More than anything, The Rhythm Section is about a catastrophic crisis of identity.

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‘Mark Burnell has created a rounded literary character and a memorable heroine. But who is she really? A fine debut.’ The Economist

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The wrong woman most of the time. The right man at the wrong time. Four thousand people running out of time.

Stephanie:
A university drop-out sucked into a spiral of decline when her family is decimated by an air crash.

Lisa:
A chemical blonde dependent on alcohol and narcotics, paid for by prostitution in seedy Soho rooms.

Petra:
A German anarchist turned mercenary terrorist, currently operating around the globe.

Marina:
A Swiss international business consultant, as emotionally sterile as she is professionally efficient.

Four women with one thing in common – each other

In the world of terrorism, she has to shed her past to pay for her future. Recruited and trained, she exists not as a real person but as a series of aliases. Lying and self-disciplined keep her alive. But when she meets the right man, she wants to show him the real her. But does that version of herself exist anymore?

You can't panic when your breathing's under control. Your heart and lungs are the rhythm section. You get these two sorted, then you're sorted. If you don't, you're dead meat on a hook.

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