City of Mirrors: A Diana Poole Thriller
  • City of Mirrors: A Diana Poole Thriller
  • City of Mirrors: A Diana Poole Thriller

City of Mirrors: A Diana Poole Thriller

by Melodie Johnson-Howe
     
 

"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…  See more details below

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"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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
You can almost smell the oleander—or maybe it’s just the sweet reek of sex, power, and corruption—wafting from Howe’s seductive Tinseltown neo-noir, first of a series featuring 40-something actress and movie-star spawn Diana Poole (who debuted in 2012’s Shooting Hollywood: The Diana Poole Stories). With the film whose paycheck the recent widow sorely needs jeopardized by the murder of its young lead, Jenny Parson, Diana tries to track down the killer—only to land in a nightmare she’ll be lucky to survive. Working her considerable contacts, Diana starts to uncover some ugly truths about friends and family (including her late, legendary mother) and to suspect that her initial adversary, Leo Heath, a magnetic Colt-carrying “fixer,” just might be the only ally she has. Although some of the two-fisted action would be convincing only on screen, actress-turned-author Howe offers an unvarnished insider’s view of Hollywood as well as a gutsy leading lady well worth an encore. Agent: Helen Zimmerman, Helen Zimmerman Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Jan Burke
“In City of Mirrors, Melodie Johnson Howe’s deliciously wicked sense of humor and insider’s knowledge of Hollywood combine to give readers the unforgettable Diana Poole, a perfectly cast detective for this complex, intelligent tale. Howe writes beautifully.”
John Lescroart
“The moral decay of the movie business has rarely been so deftly portrayed as in City of Mirrors. Jet-propelled narrative drive, non-stop action, a dark and twisting plot, and a mega-tough yet sympathetic heroine make this one impossible to put down.”
The Boston Globe
“The book is intelligent, frequently very funny, always sophisticated, and a joy to read.”
Library Journal
Diana Poole, actress and daughter of recently deceased superstar Nora Poole, agrees to help starlet Jenny Parson rehearse for the next day’s film shooting. Trouble is, Jenny has been murdered and Diana is the one who finds her body. It gets worse when the victim’s maniacal father appears poised to kill anyone who might have had a hand in his daughter’s demise. Leo Heath—a security guy who’s more of a fixer—looks to be Diana’s only trustworthy ally in a story chockablock full of family secrets, sexual peccadilloes, and good old blackmail. Children of famous actors don’t really stand a chance, and Diana Poole battles those demons daily. As the death count mounts, that survivor mentality will serve her well as she fights real criminals hot on her trail.

Verdict Confirming our worst suspicions about Hollywood royalty, Howe’s spirited thriller runs pell-mell with a protagonist who thinks on her feet. Perfect for movie buffs, this book pairs well with Cheryl Crane’s series. Howe was an Edgar finalist for her debut, The Mother Shadow, and as a former actress, she brings street cred to her latest title.—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Fairfield, CA
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
The powerful father of a young leading lady motivates an older actress to stretch her talents to investigating. Still reeling from the death of her mother last week, Diana Poole tries to maintain a professional face at work, though she feels that she's the only one. Young actress Jenny Parson is being a bit of a nightmare on set, and Diana's director encourages her to befriend Jenny in hopes that some of Diana's professionalism will rub off on her. Diana, who chose her marriage to Colin above her career, is perfectly happy, now that Colin is dead, to showcase her talent even if she's too old to play leading ladies. Difficult as Jenny is for Diana to work with, she's much more difficult to deal with when Diana finds her hastily disposed corpse. Though they weren't close, Diana becomes embroiled in finding out who killed Jenny. Her quest is simultaneously helped and hindered by Hollywood fixer Leo Heath and by continuing, strong threats from Jenny's powerful and far-reaching father. Diana is determined to get to the truth in a town built on smoke and mirrors, even if it means shattering a few of the mirrors in her own life. Howe (Beauty Dies, 1994, etc.) creates a Hollywood where no one can be trusted, with much of the action taking the form of mob-rooted violence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605984681
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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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