'The secret to having people give you money is to act as though
you don't want it.'
Meet Ella Canfield, highly qualified evolutionary biologist. Attractive, if a little serious-looking in those heavy glasses—but then she's about to put her career on the line. Dr Canfield is seeking funding for a highly unorthodox research project. She wants to prove that an extinct animal still roams in one of Australia's most popular national parks.
Meet Daniel Metcalf, good-looking, expensively dishevelled millionaire. Quite witty but far too rich to be taken seriously. He heads the Metcalf Trust, which donates money to offbeat scientific research projects. He has a personal interest in animals that don't exist.
Problem number one: There is no such person as Dr Ella Canfield.
Problem number two: Della Gilmore, professional con artist, has never met anyone like Daniel Metcalf before.
Someone is going to take a fall.
A sparkling, sexy read from the author of Addition, Fall Girl is a story about passion and loyalty, deceit and integrity, and the importance of believing in things that don't exist.
About The Author
Toni was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school (Seven Hills State School) but by high school (Lourdes Hill College) had become a science nerd. After leaving school, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, which she completed part time after almost failing due to a preoccupation with chasing boys.
She has worked as a research assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist, door-to-door aluminium siding saleswoman, marketing manager, shop assistant and copywriter. In 1996 she moved to Melbourne, and in 2004 quit her job to study professional writing full time at RMIT University. While studying, she began writing her debut novel, Addition.
Addition has been published in Australia, the UK and Holland (as Alles Telt), with publication in Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Israel, Brazil and North America coming soon.
Toni’s articles have appeared in The Sunday Age, The Sun-Herald and The Monthly, and she also teaches creative writing.
Toni lives in Melbourne with her husband Rob.
I've tried to channel my love for screw-ball romantic comedies of the forties and fifties into a modern story - a novelistic "Charade" or "To Catch a Thief", something where you could imagine Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn as the protagonists. Except set in Melbourne. Those classic comedies had it all: fascinating characters, intricate plots, witty dialogue and sexual tension to burn. I only hope I have done them justice. (Toni Jordan)
If you keep that in mind, you will love Fall Girl. If you keep harking back to her eccentric and wonderful Addition, which came before, you may be a little disappointed.
Jordan's new book teeters between a plot-driven heist adventure and a character-driven romance, but it is great fun and definitely a cut above the usual chic lit fare. I really enjoyed this tale of a family of swindlers, a sting, and a whole lot of complications.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th October 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.700