By Laura Lippman
The California dream weavers have invaded allure urban with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy. . . .
When deepest investigator Tess Monaghan actually runs into the workforce of the fledgling television sequence Mann of metal whereas sculling, she expects sharp phrases and evil appears to be like, now not an task. however the corporation has been tormented by a sequence of nerve-racking incidents due to the fact that its arrival on place in Baltimore: undesirable press, union threats, and small, high priced on-set "accidents" that experience wreaked havoc with its taking pictures time table. for that reason, Mann's writer, turn Tumulty, the son of a Hollywood legend, is anxious for the protection of his younger woman lead, Selene Waites, and asks Tess to function her bodyguard/babysitter. Tumulty's quandary might be good based. now not in the past a Baltimore guy was once came upon lifeless in his own residence, surrounded through pictures of the attractive, tricky superstar-in-the-making.
In the previous, Tess has had sufficient hassle guarding her personal physique. holding a spoiled motion picture princess less than wraps can be greater than she will handle-even with the aid of Tess's icily unflappable buddy Whitney-since Selene isn't really as naive as every body turns out to imagine, and much extra devious than she at the beginning seems to be. this isn't Tess's global. And those will not be her type of humans, with their vanities, their self-serving agendas and invented personas, and their remarkably skewed visions of reality-from the series' getting older, shallow, former pretty-boy major guy to its envious, always-on-the-make cowriter to the officious younger assistant who might be too hungry for her personal good.
But the fish-out-of-water P.I. is without warning pulled again in by way of an incidence she's all too general with-murder. unexpectedly the wall of secrets and techniques round Mann of metal is at risk of toppling, leaving shattered desires, careers, and lives scattered one of the ruins-a disaster that threatens the folks Tess cares approximately . . . and the town she loves.
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The reporter turned to me. ’’ I gestured at Wyoming and his people. ’’ Wyoming said. ‘‘She up and claims she’s an expert on obscenity. ’’ They each had a script: Snappy Fundamentalist Sound Bites and Lights, Camera, Emotion! I was irrelevant. ’’ Sometimes I am too clever for my own good. The hip-shot quip can ricochet. As I walked away, Wyoming said, ‘‘Delaney, you said your name was? Tell the cartoonist yourself. ’’ I couldn’t help it—I stopped dead and stared at the flyer. The grim and flashy cartoons suddenly looked familiar.
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No wonder he had requested sea duty. Stuck to the fridge was a drawing, held up by crown-of -thorns magnets. The Shrine, take two. It was a picture of Peter Wyoming. I leaned my head against the window. Tabitha had apparently come home in more ways than one. I returned to my car and reread the Remnant’s flyer. As I suspected, the hate rally at Claudine’s funeral hadn’t sated Peter Wyoming. He invited all right-thinking Christians to a ‘‘Postprotest Testimony’’ that evening. I checked my watch. Wyoming should be just warming up.