CRIME Paullina Simons Red Leaves

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Red Leaves

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As the star player of Dartmouth College's women's basketball team, Kristina Kim is beautiful, intelligent, and fearless. But though she's just twenty-one, Kristina has already had her share of heartache, loss, and dark secrets that haunt her. She's best friends with Conni, Albert, and Jim, but the only one who seems to really know her is Albert. With long dark hair, tattoos, and a rebellious streak, Albert doesn't fit in with the rest of the clean-cut Ivy Leaguers. Like Kristina, he has his share of secrets--secrets that are beginning to unravel this intimate circle of friends.One wintry Thanksgiving weekend tragedy strikes. When Detective Spencer O'Malley goes to investigate something suspicious at the foot of a steep hill on Dartmouth's campus, he doesn't expect that the frozen, naked body found in deep snow would belong to Kristina Kim--the remarkable young woman he met recently who entranced him. Now Spencer will never know if the chemistry he had with her was real. All he can do is find her killer.Spencer is pulled into the strange, complex web of the surviving friends. Many important questions about Kristina's murder cannot be answered, such as why none of them reported her missing for nine days before her body was discovered. The more Spencer digs, the clearer it becomes that each of the three had a motive for killing Kristina. And as Spencer, seeking justice for a dead girl, is led down a labyrinth of deceit, every new revelation proves more shocking than the last ... and more dangerous.

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About the Author:

Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, and Eleven Hours, as well as the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives near New York City with her husband and most of her children.



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Cassandra Campbell began doing voice overs as the voice for Calvin Klein's Italian commercials. This was followed by commercial and documentary recording in both English and Italian. She has recorded many audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie(R) Award nomination. As an actress and director, she has worked at the Public, the Mint, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stagewest, Theatreworks, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Millmountain Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the New York Fringe Festival.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Second-novelist Simons (Tully, 1994) returns with a tale seemingly influenced by Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Unlike Tartt, though, Simons chooses a real setting: Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire. But despite the sharply observed locale, the story remains pretty hard to swallow, and Simons can't match her model's intellectual pretensions or in-depth explorations of character. Here, four college seniors are supposedly best friends, but they don't ever seem to like each other very much. The most charismatic is Kristina Kim (who is not Asian, but who does provide, eventually, a reason for her surname), the All-Ivy center on the women's basketball team. Conni Tobias is Kristina's blond, simpering roommate from freshman year; Jim Shaw is a budding politician and Kristina's so-called boyfriend; Albert Maplethorpe is Conni's steady of several years but, more importantly, possesses an uncertain past and a connection to Krissy (as he calls her) that no one seems to understand. When Kristina is found buried beneath a snowdrift, naked but for her black boots, the three remaining friends are immediate suspects; it is up to 30-year-old Detective Spencer Patrick O'Malley--who happened to meet Kristina just before she was killed--to figure out who's telling the truth. As it turns out, nobody is; before long, Conni, who was desperately jealous of Albert's relationship with Kristina, pleads guilty and gets sent to jail; Jim drops out of school and starts working for a bank; and Albert disappears without a trace. O'Malley figures out--with some improbably fancy footwork involving fingerprints--that Albert is not who he claims to be; when the truth is revealed, only the most diligent readers will not say, ``Huh?'' Take this to the beach if you must (okay, it's campy fun), but look elsewhere for a mystery with real smarts. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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