By Gore Vidal
In Death within the 5th Position, speeding P.R. guy Peter Sargent is employed through a ballet corporation at the eve of an incredible upcoming performance. dealing with the clicking appears no challenge, but if a emerging superstar within the corporation is killed throughout the performance—dropped from thirty toes above the level, crashing to her loss of life in an ideal 5th position—Sargent has a true case on his hands. As he ingratiates himself with the gamers backstage (especially one beautiful younger ballerina), he unearths that this possible swish ballet corporation is appearing their such a lot dramatic acts at the back of the curtain. There are sharp rivalries, sordid affairs, and shady characters. Sargent, even though, has no difficulty staying on element and proving that the ballerina killer is not any fit for his prepared eye and raffish attraction.
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They burst into the open with Torrian's cavalrymen close behind, their faster mounts gaining on the warhorse. As they drew alongside, one reached for her reins. Falcon lunged at him, knocking his horse down. Man and beast rolled in a tangled heap, and Falcon turned his head to snap at the horse on the other side, making it shy. Tassin struck at the rider who drew alongside to replace the one who had fallen, her sword bouncing off his armour in a shower of sparks. The man hacked at Falcon's neck, cutting a gash in the thick muscle.
King Torrian attacks! " Tassin sat bolt upright, finding herself still dressed in her blood-stained riding clothes. She rubbed bleary eyes as the woman wept and ran around the room, flapping her hands. Tiring of the racket, Tassin rose and grabbed the hysterical girl, putting an end to her shrieks with a slap. The girl gasped, sagged and snivelled, clutching her cheek. The faint sounds of battle came from outside, distant shouts and screams of dying men mingled with the clash of arms and the hiss of arrows.
The courtyard was overrun, the last of her soldiers holding the enemy at bay. Remembering that she still held a sword, Tassin swung it at him. His free hand flashed up, gripped the blade, twisted it from her grip and tossed it aside. She growled as he pulled her alongside him, her jacket cutting into her neck. Her stumbling steps could barely keep pace with his long strides, and only his brutal grip on her jacket kept her from falling. He shifted his hold to her arm, ignoring her yelp as he trundled her up the steps.
Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal