It began with a chilling anonymous warning that before the end of the Olympics, one of the world’s top male figure skaters will be dead. Author, Lisa Luciano, was an investigative reporter and former figure skating correspondent for the New York Times who witnessed first hand that things are not always what they seem. Though fictionalized, this compelling novel reveals the dark and disturbing secrets behind the sequins of this captivating world of high-pressure sports.
Brody Yates has fallen on hard times. Fired from his job as a sports reporter for a major newspaper, he decides to go undercover as a trainer in order to infiltrate the backstage world of figure skating. He has one chance to save someone’s life and to turn his around by breaking the story of a lifetime. In this non-stop thriller, only one person can win. Not everyone will survive.
“All of the requisite ingredients for a standard pot-boiling drama/mystery are present, from the handsome yet damaged and down-on-his-luck protagonist desperately seeking redemption to secret love trysts, ageing stars, and jealous fiancées…” – Kirkus Reviews
I am not a fan of skating, but the reader gets the impression that the author did good research on the topic, allowing readers to have a detailed glimpse of what happens in big sporting competitions — the greed, the corruption, and the racism. The characters are emotionally rich and convincing. I loved the psychological depth of the protagonist, a broken man struggling to find important answers to save a life. – Romuald Dzemo, Readers Favorite
Winner: New York City Big Book Award for Sports Fiction, and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, as a Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Award.
Lisa Luciano’s work as a director/producer in television production received national recognition for excellence in educational programming. She is the author of a non-fiction book about how to use technology in the classroom, has had a documentary script produced and has now written her first novel. Her non-fiction pieces have won numerous awards. A childhood dream of being a sports reporter was fulfilled when she covered figure skating for “The New York Times” and “International Skating Magazine.” She has taught English Language Arts, TV Production, Technology and Digital Literacy to students in grades 6-12 for 40 years and most recently has worked as a Library Media Specialist. Born and raised in New York, she now resides in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her passion (besides writing) outside of the classroom is martial arts. She is a 4th Dan black belt Tae Kwon Do Master/Instructor as well as a black belt in Hapkido.