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Title:
Soft focus
Author:
Krentz, Jayne Ann.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.
Physical Description:
360 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399145780
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Book

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Summary

Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life.So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, she has no luck disentangling herself from Jack's client company, Excalibur. But the situation becomes even more strained when a lethal act of sabotage threatens to put both their companies out of business for good.Elizabeth is no fool. If she can help Jack save Excalibur, she'll recoup her substantial investment plus millions in profits. Putting her emotions aside, she insists on helping him search for the scientist who's disappeared with a valuable new crystal that could revolutionize their high-tech industry. She'll go in, solve the problem, and get out.The trail leads Elizabeth and Jack to a fringe film festival, but their goal is as elusive as the shadowy black-and-white images from the classic noir films. Life starts to imitate art, and double-dealing seems to be the name of the game. For these business adversaries turned reluctant partners, keeping an eye on each other - and the lid on their sizzling attraction - seems the only insurance against further treachery. But with millions at stake, trust can turn to betrayal in the blink of an eye.


Author Notes

Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian.

She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. Her novels include Truth or Dare, All Night Long, Copper Beach, River Road, and Promise not to Tell..

She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. In 2015 she made The New York Times Best Seller List with both Trust Me, Trust No One and Secret Sisters..

(Bowker Author Biography) Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of twenty-seven New York Times Bestselling novels. She is also the author of several other bestselling novels written under the name Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick.

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Booklist Review

Onetime lovers Elizabeth Cabot and Jack Fairfax are forced to work together because she is the administrator of the fund that is supporting Excalibur, a small, family-held R & D firm, and he has been hired as CEO to turn the company around. When the lab is trashed, a technician is murdered, and the crystal that the fortunes of the company depend upon disappears along with its inventor. Jack knows he has only two weeks to solve the mystery or Excalibur will be beyond salvation. Uncovering the fact that the missing scientist was obsessed with film noir and was the producer of a film that will be premiering at the Neo Noir Film Festival in Mirror Springs, an exclusive Aspen-like Rocky Mountain resort, he heads to the hills. Meanwhile, Elizabeth discovers Excalibur's predicament. She also decides to investigate, and they end up together in the same house in overbooked Mirror Springs. Taking in independent neo noir films, attending panel discussions and parties feting those involved, the duo, who have good reason to dislike each other, muster up a mutual if grudging respect and admiration and then ignite a sizzling passion as they become submerged in the gritty film noir world. Best-selling Krentz, known for her strong-willed, independent characters, once again provides satisfaction in this hot, suspenseful romance set against the fascinating and darkly glamorous atmosphere of a film festival. --Diana Tixier Herald


Library Journal Review

When she finds that her new lover, Jack Fairfax, has deceived her, Elizabeth Cabot is prepared to dump himÄuntil his business, which is entwined with hers, is suddenly sabotaged, and they must join forces to discover the culprit. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.