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Overview

Dana Coakley has performed off Broadway and achieved some dubious success as the Royal Coffee woman. ("Royal Coffee. It'll make anyone feel like a king.") But Dana is not your typical struggling actor. She's not quite sure whether she wants to stay in the business at all, and she doesn't wait tables. Instead, she works as the super for an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment building, spending her days fixing faucets, rolling flat white paint onto innumerable sooty walls, and dragging heavy plastic sacks of trash out to the curb. Dana has just enough time between grouting in 4E and unclogging the sink in 5W to make it uptown to the alternative school for disadvantaged inner-city kids where she tutors in the afternoon. Still, she's not alerting the alumni bulletin just yet. But Dana's life takes an unanticipated turn when she agrees to lend a hand to Travis Williams, one of her students. A few weeks earlier, the Harrison Hotel, a home for low-income families like Travis's and disadvantaged senior citizens, burned to the ground. People were killed - children, a firefighter. It was believed to have been caused by lights on a dried-out Christmas tree. But Travis insists that the place had been "torched" and Dana is set on the trail of an arsonist. Along the way, Dana will run all over town and into all kinds of people as she tracks her man (her woman, her men, her women, her people?), a search that will take her to an upscale art gallery opening, a fire station full of tough-guy chess players, and face-to-face with a ruthless teenaged drug lord at knife point...and yet she never loses her wry wit or can-do attitude.
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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
An interesting, witty crime novel and a promising debut.
Washington Times
A smashing debut novel.
Kirkus Reviews
Acting jobs in New York aren't the most reliable source of income, and so Dana Coakley fills the time between TV ads for coffee by doubling as super of her Upper West Side building. As a super she's naturally interested when things go wrong in other buildings, but she finds Travis Williams's story hard to believe. The surly kid from an alternative school tells her that his building, an SRO called the Harrison, was torched (to the tune of ten fatalities) by a friend of a friend of a friend—and this last friend, the only potential witness, can't go to the cops because he's been the victim of a timely drive-by shooting. Putting on her actress hat—despite this debut novel's title, she puts in almost no time as a super—Dana makes a series of increasingly nosey, and dangerous, forays into the rarefied world of Mitchell Brandon, the sharklike developer who'd been interested in the Harrison site. Before you know it, she's getting razzed by her sidekick, socialite book editor Peggy Woodruff; pushed around by the D.A.'s office; and beaten up by thugs who threaten her with worse. Dana's masquerades—she tries to be all things to all men in order to pump at least some of them—are often amusing, as is her banter with Peggy; but they're not enough to compensate for the pokey pace and lack of mystery.

A lackadaisical slice of downscale New York chic, whose dependably bright-eyed heroine deserves fewer fits and starts.

From the Publisher
"A smashing debut novel."—Washington Times

"An entertaining, witty crime novel and a promising debut to what seems certain to become a series."—Booklist

"A memorable debut...Punchy dialogue."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312156510
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Emerson White is the author of numerous young adult novels, including Long Live the Queen and The Road Home. She lives in Manhattan.

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