During a brutal L.A. heatwave‚ four people are murdered in the Hollywood Hills and Nikki Easton’s closest friend Darla Ward has disappeared.
Nikki has known life’s rough side — she survived the streets as a teenage runaway and now brings that edge to the acting roles she sometimes lands. But she’s never seen anything like the battered girl on the gurney. Is it really Darla‚ her beauty so damaged she looks barely human‚ her path to stardom ended in the basement of the County Coroner?
In her relentless search for the truth‚ Nikki discovers secrets buried before Darla was born and uncovers corruption that reaches beyond Hollywood to the highest levels of government.
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Five Star Mysteries are standard print, first editions from award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming authors of the Mystery genre. These hardcover first editions will consist of new novels and short story collections plus novels that have been restored from original typescripts. The Five Star First Edition Mystery Series titles are carefully selected to appeal to a broad range of genre fans and include all subgenres of mystery: romantic suspense, traditional mysteries, private eye novels, cozies, hard-boiled detectives, and short story collections. The mystery genre continues to boom and this plan speaks directly to what today’s readers want -- a mix of original novels and short fiction collections from established, award-winning professionals as well as up-and-coming writers in the field. Previous authors have included Ralph McInerny, Catherine Dain, Les Roberts, Jeremiah Healy, and more. New, as of June 2004, four (4) titles shipped approximately every four weeks. Actual covers may be different from those shown.