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Sunshine, the brilliant blue Pacific, and the Golden Gate Bridge overhung with fog. The perfect backdrop for romance? Well…in San Francisco, good weather is easy to find; straight men are not. A San Francisco woman needs stamina, patience, cunning, and a plentiful supply of humor. Annie Tannenbaum—beautiful, blonde, divorced but hardly defeated—turns the relentless pursuit of Mr. Right to profit. She's already gotten an advance on Meeting Cute, her book describing how perfect couples get together, for which she's busy collecting data from the "personals" column, not to mention looking for responses to the personal ad she's placed for herself.
Annie and her best friend Samantha—who looks as if she belongs on the cover of Vogue—love to commiserate over lunch, over dinner, over a forbidden dessert in the city's trendy watering holes. But Samantha is hot on the trail of a very different kind of man as well. As the leading crime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, she is following the gruesome path of the sadistic rapist and murderer who is terrorizing women in San Francisco. The pursuit of love and the hunt for a killer become strangely intertwined as Samantha and Annie work together to trap the most frightening sex murderer since Thomas Harris' The Red Dragon. They get close—perhaps too close—to finding him.
"Impersonal Attractions is slick, smart-mouthed, totally contemporary, and utterly beguiling. Sarah Shankman has a magic eye and ear for the urban idiom, a devilish sense of suspense, and a welcome gift for the absurd." Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Fox's Earth and The House Next Door
"Dynamite! A whirlwind thriller—more than just a page-turner. The pages turn themselves! [Impersonal Attractions] reads like the Grand Prix. Way to go, Sarah Shankman!" William Diehl, author of Chameleon and Sharky's Machineread more
Shankman's first novel is a mass of incongruities that may appeal to readers with steely stomachs and a vast tolerance for silly heroines. The plot concerns an unfrocked KKKlansman who mutilates, murders, then rapes women in San Francisco. Annie Tannenbaum and her best friend discuss schemes to snare the beast but they have other major interests. Both are supposedly foxy, 30-ish writers. Sarah is a crime reporter for a local paper; Annie collects data from personal ads for her literary debut, Meeting Cute. Together, they spend quantities of time in their search for dream lovers or in gourmandizing and occasional sex. Numbing trivia about food, the women's taste in clothes and home furnishings, the city's funky diversions, etc., are interspersed with grim details of the fiend's atrocities. In the crisis, irrelevant overwriting also deadens suspense. If the author had gone all out for campy effects, she would have been more successful. November 20 (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved