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Stars shine on centre stage. But what secrets lie hidden in the wings? Alex Rainford has it all. He's sexy, charismatic and adored by fans the world over. But Alex is not all he seems. What spectre from the past is driving him ever closer to evil? And who will fall under his spell along the way? Madeleine Frances, beautiful stage and screen actress. Years before she had escaped Alex's fatal charm, but now she is forced to confront him once again . . . and reveal her devasting secret. Susannah Wright, the finest classical actress of her generation. Not even her awesome talent can save her from Alex's dangerous charisma. Imogen McLaughlin, the promising young actress whose biggest career break could be her greatest downfall. She wants Alex Rainford - and she has no idea that he has the power to destroy her . . . Centre Stage is a tantalising, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of theatre and film and what goes on when the spotlight dims and the curtain falls.
way to Hong Kong.’ ‘A marker?’ Maddy asked. ‘The man who came out of this room?’ She rubbed the right side of her nostril with her right index finger. Douglas nodded. ‘That’s the all-clear sign. He’d checked the room out for me.’ ‘Surely he doesn’t approve of this,’ Maddy said. Douglas allowed himself a slight smile. ‘Oh, Col’s pretty understanding. We’ve worked together a lot—he knows I’d do the same for him. As a matter of fact, the big brass probably know I’m going to try to see you one
and Julian Oldfellow.’ ‘Yes. Alex Rainford and …’ Realisation started to dawn. ‘Oh my goodness. Not your Alex?’ ‘Yes, mother, if you want to put it that way, my Alex and my dearest friend Julian.’ ‘Well, I certainly never knew your friend Julian’s surname,’ Helena said, totally justified on that score. ‘But … that means Alex is Jenny’s …’ ‘Precisely.’ Helena started to apologise, although she wasn’t quite sure what for. Maddy let her off the hook. ‘Forget it. It doesn’t matter. But for the
Twenty-two-year-old Henry Krantz, much to his father’s pride, had recently returned from Brisbane a qualified accountant. ‘The lad topped his entire course, Stan,’ Ivan had boasted, ‘what better junior partner could a man wish for, I ask you?’ ‘To Krantz & Son,’ Stan raised his teacup high and the others found themselves automatically saluting with their own cups. ‘Good luck to them, I say.’ He took a hefty swig of his tea and dumped his cup and saucer on the table. ‘Times are changing.
minutes contact, she would feel a rebellious tremor as it once again quivered its way to attention. ‘Cut! Ice!’ ‘I’m sorry, I’m most awfully sorry.’ And Maddy would close her eyes, quell the gurgle of laughter which threatened and concentrate on the eroticism of the images from the previous night. Not only did Androgyne serve as the career boost Phil Pendlebury had anticipated, it cemented the only two true friendships Maddy had made since she came to England. Previously at the end of each
‘You were stunning, my darling, simply stunning.’ He put his arm around her and kissed her and, as usual, the embrace lasted a little too long and the hand was a little too close to her breast to be ignored. Gerald had been trying to get her to bed since the first day of rehearsals. ‘Thanks, Gerald,’ Maddy said, sliding his hand down to her waist. ‘Thanks for everything.’ And she meant it. She was grateful not only for the generosity of the curtain call, but for the support his performance gave