Mala Demara‚ sultry European beauty and box-office goldmine‚ has vanished; Mickey Triton‚ her gangster boyfriend‚ lies dead in the burned-out hulk of their secret love nest‚ shot through the head.
Marathon Studios needs help‚ fast‚ and they know just where to get it: Screenwriter Lauren Atwill and her lover‚ P.I. Peter Winslow.
Peter has to find Mala. If she’s still missing when the police discover she was Triton’s mistress‚ the publicity will destroy her even if she’s innocent. Lauren starts rewriting the script for another star should Mala be a killer in more than looks. But Lauren’s first night on the lot‚ she discovers another man shot dead who turns out to be an undercover agent. Now‚ everyone wants Lauren out of the way. Play it safe. Let the men handle it. Fat chance.
But to get to the truth‚ Lauren will have to face down the FBI‚ who can crush her career‚ and a vicious mobster who demands Peter find Triton’s killer or else he and Lauren will never work in Hollywood again. Or breathe.
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