She does a brutal job, and she does it well . . .
Stephanie Patrick's world is destroyed by an 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.
This 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, this 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.
Who is the real Stephanie?
It is this question, which is at the heart of this story. More than anything, 'The Rhythm Section' is a taut thriller about a catastrophic crisis of identity and the price that has to be paid to be free of it.