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Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, comes to Los Angeles to find her late fiancé's sister Kitty, an actress who is missing from her Hollywood boardinghouse. The next day, Kitty's body is found in a ravine below the Hollywood sign. Unimpressed by the local police, Lily investigates on her own. As she delves into Kitty's life, she encounters fiercely competitive starlets, gangsters, an eccentric special-effects genius, exotic denizens of Hollywood's nightclubs, and a homicide detective who might distract her from her quest for justice. But the landscape in L.A. can shift kaleidoscopically, and Lily begins to see how easily a young woman can lose her balance and fall prey to the alluring city's dangers....
With vibrant characters and unerring insight into the desires and dark impulses that can flare between men and women, The Last Embrace showcases Denise Hamilton at the height of her storytelling powers as she transports readers to a fascinating, transitional time in one of America's most beguiling cities.
The Last Embrace (ISBN: 1416584935 / 1-4165-8493-5)
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The Last Embrace (ISBN: 9781416584933)
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Book Description: Scribner/Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Scribner/Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008. Hardcover. Book condition: New. Very nice, new unread First Edition/First Printing copy with red quarter-cloth and mustard yellow paper-covered boards, with the author's name and the title of the book in gold lettering on the spine. Very nice clean and tight page block. Dust jacket condition: New and protected in a mylar book cover. This is a true first edition, first printing with "First Scribner hardcover edition July 2008" and number sequence 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 listed on the copyright page. Signed, without inscription, and dated July 24, 2008, on the FULL-TITLE page below the printed name of the author. The book is signed in fine black sharpie and was signed in person at a local independent bookstore in South Pasadena, CA. Signed by Author. Signed only; no inscriptions or dedications. No flaws or defects, not remainder marked or price-clipped, only opened by the author at the book signing event. Eve Diamond has returned, this time in a sexy, atmospheric, and seductive thriller set in 1949 Los Angeles, inspired by classic noir literature and a true unsolved crime. Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, is asked by her late fiance's mother to find out what happened to his sister Kitty, an actress who is missing from her Hollywood boardinghouse. When Kitty's body is found the next day in a ravine below the Hollywood sign, local police are not impressed so Lily investigates on her own. As she looks more closely into Kitty's life, she comes up against fiercely competitive actors, gangsters, an eccentric special-effects genius, exotic denizens of Hollywood's nightclubs, and a homicide detective who might distract her from her quest to learn the truth. This is postwar Los Angeles and Lily begins to realize how easily a young woman can lose her balance and fall prey to the city's dangers. With a vibrant cast of characters and riveting narrative, the reader is readily transported to a fascinating, transitional time in one of America's most beguiling cities. All books are bubble wrapped and shipped via USPS in a sturdy box. Extra postage charges will be required for international orders (book ships from Los Angeles, CA), oversize and heavy items, and special priority orders. Due to problems with previous international orders, international orders will be accepted only if purchaser agrees to extra charges; otherwise, will only ship to USA addresses. Free delivery confirmation and tracking information provided with domestic orders. Bookseller inventory #000296. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000296