City of Mirrors: A Novel

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9781605985800: City of Mirrors: A Novel

"City of Mirrors is deftly written and smart. On top of that, it is entertaining as hell." - Michael Connelly

Running out of money, Diana Poole is forced to go back to the only work she knows: acting. Her much-loved husband and movie-star mother have died, and now Diana is over thirty-five. In Hollywood that means she might as well be dead. Still, a few key people remember her talent, and she lands a role in a new movie.

But an actress should never get her hopes up, especially when she discovers the female lead's murdered body. Raised in her mother's shadow, Diana knows people in "the business" will go to dangerous lengths to protect their images.

When her own life and career are threatened, Diana decides to fight back and find the killer. But unmasking the surprising murderer isn't that easy, especially when she uncovers what's real - and unreal - in her own life.

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About the Author:

Melodie Johnson-Howe is the author of three novels, The Mother Shadow, nominated for an Edgar award; Beauty Dies; and City of Mirrors. After a career in movies and television, she quit acting to write novels. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.

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Actress Diana Poole (introduced in Shooting Hollywood, 2012), now in her 40s, feels fortunate to get a job when she goes back to work a year after her husband’s death. Then, a week after her movie-star mother dies, Diana finds her job, her equilibrium, and even her life at risk. Just after she’s asked by her producer to talk to young actress Jenny Parson, who’s struggling with her lines, Diana discovers Jenny’s body and becomes involved in a dizzying and deadly nonstop chase, with her only real ally “fixer” Leo Heath. As Jenny’s powerful father spares no resources in getting answers about his daughter’s death, the underbelly of the Hollywood rich and famous is displayed, with the body count mounting and long-held secrets revealed. Diana, who uses her acting ability to good effect, proves tough and smart enough to prevail, as her initial aversion to Heath yields to a strong attraction. Overly convoluted plot aside, this is a compelling view of Hollywood’s dark side by former actress Howe as seen through the eyes of insider Diana, whose future exploits bear watching. --Michele Leber

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