A first-rate thriller. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."--John A. Broussard, I Love a Mystery Newsletter
"The author, a veteran sitcom writer, keeps the proceedings moving along at a nice, light clip, and he obviously knows his way around a television studio and its assorted personalities. Pitch this one to fans of mysteries set in the entertainment world, who will love taking a tip behind the scenes of a TV series." -- Booklist
"I don't like Hollywood novels but this one is so pacy, so vigorous, and so in your face I could not put it down." --Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen
A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist fallen from grace, Hardwick ends up in the Hollywood paparazzi pack, surviving from get to get, a half-step ahead of the loan sharks, all the while trying to escape a world he loathes. Then Bonnie Quinn, the star of TV's Thanks for Sharing, disappears just before taping the show's 100th episode--the trigger episode for syndication--after which the show can be sold for millions. The show's producer, who despises Hardwick, hires him to track Bonnie down, and Hardwick thinks his own worst enemy just might be his ticket out of the paparazzi life. As Hardwick searches for the diva, he crosses paths with his ex-fiancee, Meddy, a respected network journalist, whose disdain for what Hardwick has become quells his hope of reconciliation. But a suspicious death leads Hardwick to reteam with his old love on a dangerous and violent quest inside the closed sets, the kinky dressing rooms, and the lowest and highest levels of network television. Haunted by his past, Hardwick grapples with his curious attachment to the actress, as well as his desires, his deep-seated feelings for Meddy, and his hope for redemption, as he tries to expose the greatest reality show ever: the shocking truth behind what happened on the trigger episode.
From Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York
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