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Topping from Below

A Novel

Laura Reese

St. Martin's Griffin

 
An explosive, erotic novel about two sisters, each of whom embarks upon a voyage into the heart of evil and a game with a seductive man who knows no rules or limits. Only one returns.
 
Successful, attractive, and in control, Nora seemed so different from her shy, terribly vulnerable younger sister. Grieving for Franny, Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M. Nora vows to seek justice for the sister she never really knew and undertakes a daring scheme to seduce this lethal and manipulative man in the hope of uncovering information about the murder. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life. And she is in danger, although it may be from someone much closer to her than M., someone so close she might not see it until it is too late.
 
With an ending as startling as it is haunting, Topping From Below is unlike any novel you’re ever read. Ever.
 An explosive, erotic novel about two sisters, each of whom embarks upon a voyage into the heart of evil and a game with a seductive man who knows no rules or limits. Only one returns.  Successful, attractive, and in control, Nora seemed so different from her shy, terribly vulnerable younger sister. Grieving for Franny, Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M. Nora vows to seek justice for the sister she never really knew and undertakes a daring scheme to seduce this lethal and manipulative man in the hope of uncovering information about the murder. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life. And she is in danger, although it may be from someone much closer to her than M., someone so close she might not see it until it is too late.  With an ending as startling as it is haunting, Topping From Below is unlike any novel you’re ever read. Ever.

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Topping from Below
PART ONEFRANNYCHAPTER ONEOn the last day of October, while riding her bicycle across the UCD campus, Frances Tibbs realized that she, for the very first time, was in love.Or rather, she thought she was in love. She hadn't said it out loud yet, hadn't tested the words on her tongue, but it felt like love: everything seemed fresh and new and exciting.Then a man stepped in front of Franny and scared the living daylights out of her. She slammed on the brakes of her bicycle and swerved, barely missing him. He was wearing a nylon stocking, one half of a panty hose, over his hea
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Praise for Topping from Below

"Fiendlishly horny, unexpectedly affecting."--Mary Gaitskill

"Sex is kinky and love is twisted. . . . A daring erotic thriller."--the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Imagine a tale that's one part sleuthing, à la Sue Grafton's "E" is for Evidence, to three parts handcuffing, à la Pauline Reage's Story of O. . . . The climax will floor you."--Glamour

"The plot is sparked by a dangerous current of eroticism."--Harper's Bazaar

"Its powerful erotic undertow immediately pulls the reader into sensuously described sadomasochistic rituals and the related obsessions of murder, sisterhood, and love . . . a compelling plot intertwined with steamy scenes. When's the last time you read raunchy sex and a good mystery in the same book?"--Playboy

"Devilishly pornographic . . . Comparison to Story of O is well earned."--Publishers Weekly
"Fiendlishly horny, unexpectedly affecting."--Mary Gaitskill

"Sex is kinky and love is twisted. . . . A daring erotic thriller."--the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Imagine a tale that's one part sleuthing, à la Sue Grafton's "E" is for Evidence, to three parts handcuffing, à la Pauline Reage's Story of O. . . . The climax will floor you."--Glamour

"The plot is sparked by a dangerous current of eroticism."--Harper's Bazaar

"Its powerful erotic undertow immediately pulls the reader into sensuously described sadomasochistic rituals and the related obsessions of murder, sisterhood, and love . . . a compelling plot intertwined with steamy scenes. When's the last time you read raunchy sex and a good mystery in the same book?"--Playboy

"Devilishly pornographic . . . Comparison to Story of O is well earned."--Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Laura Reese

  • LAURA REESE is the author of the critically acclaimed Panic Snap. She lives in Davis, California.

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Topping from Below

A Novel

Laura Reese

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