Acrobat (novel)

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AuthorGonzalo Lira
Publication date
May 18, 2002

Acrobat is a spy thriller written by Gonzalo Lira. The film rights were sold to Miramax;[1] Lira was reported to have received $650,000 for the sale, with filmmakers Sidney Pollack and Anthony Minghella to produce.[2][3]


Publishers Weekly wrote that "the flabby, juvenile prose leaves much to be desired" but that readers who made it through would be surprised by the "perfectly twisted ending".[4]

Kirkus Reviews called the characters "interesting" and said that Lira is an "edgy, energetic storyteller" who had put a fresh spin on the commercial espionage thriller genre.[5]

In The Washington Post, Patrick Anderson praised the "dynamite opening scene" and said the novel is "lively and fun to read" up until the "downer of an ending".[2]

In a starred review in Booklist, David Pitt called the prose style "thrilling" and the book "an absolute stunner", despite the plot being "a tad by-the-numbers".[6]


  1. ^ Rose, M. J. "Preview Copies Go Digital". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Patrick (2002-05-05). "An unstable ex-mercenary, a CIA Mod Squad, an unenlightened JAG lawyer and assorted baddies". Washington Post. pp. WBK.13. ProQuest 409324723.
  3. ^ Gardner, Chris (2001-12-04). "Miramax flips over Lira's 'Acrobat'". Hollywood Reporter – International Edition. 371 (8).
  4. ^ "ACROBAT by Gonzalo Lira". n.d. Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  5. ^ "Acrobat". Kirkus Reviews. 2002-02-01.
  6. ^ Pitt, David (2002-03-01). "Lira, Gonzalo. Acrobat. May 2002. 352p. St. Martin's, $24.95 (0-312-28694-5)". Booklist. 98 (13): 1096.