Mystery Lisa Kleinholz Exiles on Main Street

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Exiles on Main Street

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9780061014116: Exiles on Main Street

The Scoop Of A Lifetime

Working as a reporter for a small-town newspaper can be a bit dull for a glamorous former rock 'n' roll writer like Zoe Szabo. But after life in the fast lane nearly killed her musician husband and their marriage, she believes Greymont, Massachusetts, is the perfect place to slow down, raise their two children, and fall back in love.

Still, there's nothing like a good scoop to get Zoe moving again, and she's in overdrive when the body of an Asian immigrant is discovered at the mall. Who wanted her dead and why? As she probes for answers, the clues become more complex.Is the murder part of an anti-immigrant backlash--a yankee local angry enough to kill--or does the truth go farther back, to a blood grudge rooted far from this quaint New England town that Zoe thought was so safe?

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About the Author:

Lisa Kleinholz received a degree in Russian at Northwestern University. She learned ceramics at Earthworks & Artisans studio in New York, where she taught and sold her pottery. Her articles have been published in Home Office Computing, Hampshire Life, and the Amherst Bulletin. She was the recipient of two fellowship grants from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family. This is her first novel.

From Publishers Weekly:

Flashy clothes and pink hair streaks are nearly all that remain of 31-year-old Zoe Szabo's glamorous and chaotic past. After ending an eight-year stint as a Rolling Stone writer, Zoe escapes from glitzy L.A. to the small town of Greymont, Mass., with her drug-addicted musician husband and two small children. Their hopes for a quieter life are quickly shattered when Zoe, now reporting for a local paper, discovers the body of a Cambodian immigrant in the local mall's parking lot. Despite her husband's plan to revitalize his career with a concert tour, Zoe throws herself into the case, uncovering the dead woman's identity before the police do. Kleinholz's debut is replete with compelling personalities, particularly the rock-and-roll refugees, but her unduly long list of suspects and motivations slow the pace: the reader must wade through community anti-immigrant sentiment, an abusive family member who possesses an extensive weapons collection and even possible Khmer Rouge involvement. Zoe's unbelievably easy, sometimes unethical, access to information also disturbs. But Kleinholz's gift for depicting memorable characters will attract readers in her subsequent outings. (Sept.)
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