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The Rhythm Section

(1999)
(The first book in the Stephanie Patrick series)
A novel by

 
 
Stephanie Patrick's world was destroyed by the Atlantic aircrash. Falling into a downward spiral of prostitution, drugs and drink, she is picked up by a journalist who has discovered that it was a bomb that caused the crash. And it is his murder that pulls her out of herself. The Rhythm Section is not a thriller about the hunt for a terrorist, although that is the path Stephanie takes, and it's not a story about revenge, although justice for her family is her initial motivation. Rather, The Rhythm Section is the story of Stephanie's attempt to reclaim herself. She has to rediscover who she is through a series of roles that she is forced to play; she is never herself. As a prostitute, she is Lisa, the chemical blonde. Later, she is Petra Reuter, German anarchist turned mercenary terrorist. Sometimes, she is Marina Gaudenzi, a Swiss businesswoman, or she's Susan Branch, an American student, or Elizabeth Shepherd, an English management consultant. But whoever she is, she's never herself because her life depends on her being someone else. This is the way she is trained by the intelligence service that recruits her, but it's also the way she's taught herself to be; being someone else has always worked for her and so it does now, until she begins to fall in love for the first time with Frank White. This undermines her completely and poses new questions: which of the many people she has become is the one to have fallen in love? Stephanie? Petra? Or one of the others? With whom has Frank fallen in love? Marina? Or the real Stephanie? And who is the real Stephanie? It is this question which is at the heart of the story. More than anything, The Rhythm Section is about a catastrophic crisis of identity and the price that has to be paid to be free of it.

Genre: Mystery

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January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller (Stephanie Patrick Thrillers)
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 1-250-21055-0 / 978-1-250-21055-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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January 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-06-019465-0 / 978-0-06-019465-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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August 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-00-225915-X / 978-0-00-225915-6 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-00-830180-8 / 978-0-00-830180-4 (UK edition)
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December 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller (Stephanie Patrick Thrillers)
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 1-250-21058-5 / 978-1-250-21058-6 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller (Stephanie Patrick Thrillers)
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 1-250-21541-2 / 978-1-250-21541-3 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
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ISBN: 0-00-829952-8 / 978-0-00-829952-1 (UK edition)
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-00-651337-9 / 978-0-00-651337-7 (UK edition)
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-00-732968-7 / 978-0-00-732968-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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December 2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-06-103001-5 / 978-0-06-103001-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 0-00-225916-8 / 978-0-00-225916-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller (Stephanie Patrick Thrillers)
Author(s): Mark Burnell
ISBN: 1-250-21915-9 / 978-1-250-21915-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Mark Burnell
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Mark Burnell
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Rhythm Section: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller (Stephanie Patrick Thrillers Book 1)
Author(s): Mark Burnell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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November 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rhythm Section
Author(s): Mark Burnell
Publisher: HarperCollins
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