Cold Call [NOOK Book]


COLD CALL is the first in the critically acclaimed Iris Thorne mystery series by Los Angeles Time bestseller Dianne Emley, now available for the first time as an e-book and trade paperback.

Iris Thorne traded her job teaching the deaf for a career in Los Angeles’s glittering financial district, where the day starts on Wall Street time at 6:00 a.m., and—in the “greed is ...
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COLD CALL is the first in the critically acclaimed Iris Thorne mystery series by Los Angeles Time bestseller Dianne Emley, now available for the first time as an e-book and trade paperback.

Iris Thorne traded her job teaching the deaf for a career in Los Angeles’s glittering financial district, where the day starts on Wall Street time at 6:00 a.m., and—in the “greed is good” late 1980s—all of life’s questions have numbers for answers.

Big numbers. With her not-quite-paid-for Anne Klein suits and Triumph sports car, which leaks a little oil, Iris is a high-stakes success. Still, the only man at the office who knew the real Iris was Alley, the deaf and handicapped mailman. When Alley is killed, the police insist he was a victim of random gang violence. Iris doesn’t buy it—and Alley’s death has left her with a number of problems. The first is lanky, red-headed police detective John Somers… Iris’s first love, back in her life after twenty years. Then there’s Alley’s secret legacy—a safe deposit box filled with souvenirs and some well-worn items of sentimental value: 238,000 of them, in hundreds, bundled together with rubber bands.

The cops are looking for a killer. Some professional hard guys are looking for revenge. And, for a lost friend, Iris is looking for justice—a high-priced commodity in the L.A. marketplace, where life can be even cheaper than dreams.


“Robert B. Parker had Boston. Sara Paretsky Chicago, and now L.A. belongs to Dianne (Emley).” Nancy Pickard (award-winning author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning)

"Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks." Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author

“An exciting find. Only one word for it: Wow!” The Observer (London)

“Iris Thorne is here to stay.” Newsday.

“A fun and satisfying read.” West Coast Review of Books

“Iris Thorne looks like a winner… (Emley’s) prose takes readers on a fast ride with a carload of colorful characters.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cold Call
Slow Squeeze
Fast Friends
Pushover (coming in 2012)

The First Cut
Cut to the Quick
The Deepest Cut
Love Kills
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angele Times Book Review - Charles Champlin
Dianne Emley has created a clever mystery that begins with the murder of a (handicapped) office boy--who turns out to have had a very secret life. Emley has portrayed with fine, cold, malicious glee a brokerage firm that seems to operate about one floor up from a bucket shop... As at Scott Turow's Chicago law firm, you do wonder what they'll say at the water cooler. A very expert debut.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Les Roberts
A handicapped office boy is killed at the start of Emley's COLD CALL, one of the best author debuts in many moons. Protagonist Iris Thorne is a securities hustler in a Los Angeles brokerage firm--funny, sensual, bright, stubborn and someone who could be the Poster Girl for Single Working Women. Clever writing, characters shining with individuality, and a multilayered plot. Impressive.
New York Newsday - Paul Colford
(In New York Newsday) In Emley's tale of murder and revenge, Iris Thorne is a 35-year-old, MBA-toting, fashion-conscious, tough-but-tender L.A. stockbroker who wards off the sexist swine in her firm by projecting steely confidence. The office gofer is stabbed to death on the street, and Iris, the victim's only real friend at work, refuses to accept the cops' ho-hum hunch that it was a drug-related hit... Iris is here to stay.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013489950
  • Publisher: Arroyo Bridge Books
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Series: Iris Thorne Mysteries (Book 1), #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 51,236
  • File size: 477 KB

Meet the Author

Dianne Emley is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author and has received critical acclaim for her books which include the Detective Nan Vining thrillers: The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, The Deepest Cut, and Love Kills and the Iris Thorne mysteries: Cold Call, Slow Squeeze, Fast Friends, Foolproof and Pushover. Her books have been translated into six languages. A Los Angeles native, she lives in California. Learn more at her website:
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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Some Things Just Get Better

    As 'old blue eyes' said, "some things are better the second time around". Maybe so; then again maybe they're just more appreciated. A good example is Dianne Emley's "Cold Call" now available again after its original publication in the nineties. Iris Thorne, a hip and very attractive lady, has fashioned an admirable career as a stockbroker/financial adviser in LA. She is an accomplished professional and generally more mature than many of her colleagues who remain moored to the old boy network. Like most of us she has an issue or two and would be pleased if true romance would come her way, but, all in all, she's doing quite well. That is, until her work life is jolted suddenly and severely when Alley, the firm's impaired "gofer" is brutally murdered on the streets nearby her office. The cops, wanting to clear their files quickly, are disposed to chalking the murder up to some sort of routine drug deal gone bad, but Iris's judgment tells her otherwise. Her suspicions unweave a nasty web of deceit, money laundering and, not least,millions of dollars of customer funds missing. Rather au courant, eh? Along the way, old acquaintances are reconnected and seemingly strong relationships evolve in surprising, sometimes almost bizarre, ways. Quite quickly, she dopes out an ongoing cover-up and, in the process, becomes marked for a gangland-style "hit". The story is well told, sprinkled with enticing clues and unwinds with more than a few clever twists till its ultimate resolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Perfectly good book...

    ..but not as good as Emley's Nan Vining books. I would read those first given the chance.

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