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Maracotta, Lindsay

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ISBN 10: 0688144985 / ISBN 13: 9780688144982
Published by Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Signed by author on title page. In a town once described as the Sodom of the New World, the family craze is in full swing--movie stars posing pregnant on the cover of 'Vanity Fair,' powerhouse agents breast-feeding at Spago--giving rise to the latest show-biz phenomenon--the Hollywood mom. Lucy Freers, an animation filmmaker, is one of this new breed. Her marriage to the well-known Hollywood producer Kit Freers is developing widening rifts and her daughter, Chloe, seems to be learning her values from MTV. And when glamorous neighbor Julia Prentice is found naked and dead in Lucy's pool, the fašade of her perfect life is irrevocably shattered. Desperate to restore some normalcy to her life and to unlock the puzzle behind wild Julia's demise, Lucy submerges herself beneath the veneer of family values in Hollywood. In the course of her investigation, she has a brush with an affair with a sexy young screenwriter and an even closer brush with death as she delves into a world where there lurk as many unexpected plot turns as in any Hollywood thriller. As new, review copy with publisher's material laid in, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. BB. Bookseller Inventory # 0250

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Publisher: Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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When a glamorous neighbor is found dead in Lucy Freer's pool, Lucy, an animation filmmaker and Hollywood mom, goes beneath the veneer of Tinseltown family values into a world of greed, ruthlessness, and sex to find a killer.

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Compromising Positions in today's ``family''-oriented, sleazier-than-ever Tinseltown--as a discontented Hollywood wife (and filmmaker in her own right) plays amateur shamus, mostly for laughs, and uncovers kinkiness and nastiness galore in big-time moviedom households. Lucy Freers--Oscar-nominated animator, wife of a no-longer-hot producer, mother of preteen Chloe--becomes the wrong kind of mini- celebrity when the body of stunning neighbor Julia Prentice, a no- talent ex-actress married to an aging sitcom megastar, surfaces in Lucy's pool. Worse yet, since Julia was known to be a voracious adulterer, suspicion falls on both Lucy's sexy husband Kit (who had caught Julia's eye) and Lucy herself. So, to clear the family name, she starts sleuthing, digging up Hollywood dirt--like Julia's past as an S&M call girl, her secret visits to L.A.'s most exclusive plastic surgeon (with an unlisted office number), and her social- climbing rivalry with elegant Summer Rossner (wife of an Ovitz-like super-agent) over the leadership of a kids' charity, the Magic Wand Foundation. In no time, naturally, Lucy's being followed and shot at. She also flirts with adultery, of course, given that Kit (who's been unfaithful and neglectful) is away on location and a hunky screenwriter is renting the house next door. Before the predictable showdown with the killer, Lucy finds another corpse, witnesses a suicide, and bonds--sort of--with frumpy Detective Teresa Show, LAPD (who dons a Carmen Miranda-esque getup to accompany Lucy to the $1500-a-plate Magic Wand gala). The mystery here is middling Colombo-level, with unsavory details that seem more tired than shocking. Still, Lucy narrates with edgy, appealing zest, and Maracotta (Everything We Wanted, 1984) name-drops and roman-...-clefs her way through the New Hollywood--from the parenting craze to the real-estate game--with a neat satirical spin that only occasionally tips over into slapstick. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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