Death Defying Acts: A Novelization

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 15, 2008 - Fiction - 291 pages
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It is 1926, and Harry Houdini is the most famous performer in the world. Audiences pack theaters to watch him perform his now-legendary death-defying acts. But despite his fame and fortune, Houdini is a man haunted by his past. Thirteen years ago, his beloved mother passed away, leaving her son tortured with regret that he was not at her side when she died...and did not bear witness to her final words to him. Now driven to the point of obsession, Houdini offers a $10,000 reward to anyone who can contact his mother from beyond the grave and reveal her dying words to him.

Enter Mary McGregor and her young daughter, Benji. Poor and uneducated, they live by their wits in the slums of Edinburgh, with Mary using her feminine wiles and deceptive ways in a psychic act that is part burlesque and part occult. When Mary and Benji learn of Houdini's public offer, they set their sights on the world's greatest illusionist and escape artist as the ultimate score.

But Houdini proves to be not such an easy mark, especially under the watchful eye of his manager. As Mary moves closer to Houdini, her charms soon overwhelm him, and he realizes that he may be falling for this mysterious woman. But what began as a con now evolves into something much more complicated and dangerous than anyone could ever dream -- even as Houdini embarks on one of the most spectacular stunts of his career....
 

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Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
27
Section 4
45
Section 5
56
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels and short stories. He has also written the official movie novelizations of GodzillaMan of SteelThe Dark Knight RisesDaredevilGhost Rider, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as AliasBuffy the Vampire SlayerCSIFarscapeThe 4400, LeverageThe Green Hornet, The PhantomRoswellStar TrekTerminatorWarehouse 13Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received two Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Visit him at GregCox-Author.com.

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