Coldwater

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Brett Tanager is the writer/producer of a hit TV detective show until the mistakes and bad decisions of one dreadful drug-addled night send her life skidding out of control into a downward spiral that takes her job, family, savings and self-respect.

At her lowest ebb she is approached by Julia, her sixteen-year-old former stepdaughter whose best friend Caleigh has disappeared. Seems Julia’s classmates, young daughters of Hollywood’s elite, were “partying” with high rollers for a...

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Overview

Brett Tanager is the writer/producer of a hit TV detective show until the mistakes and bad decisions of one dreadful drug-addled night send her life skidding out of control into a downward spiral that takes her job, family, savings and self-respect.

At her lowest ebb she is approached by Julia, her sixteen-year-old former stepdaughter whose best friend Caleigh has disappeared. Seems Julia’s classmates, young daughters of Hollywood’s elite, were “partying” with high rollers for a thousand bucks a night, and now Caleigh is missing, her parents are lying , and Julia is terrified. But not as terrified as Brett when Caleigh’s naked corpse turns up and Julia goes missing.

Brett’s attempt to find Julia plunges her into a dark, disturbing journey through moneyed Hollywood and its seamy undersides. Now she must find resources other than drink to overcome her fears, as she is pitted against cunning of a ruthless killer, and a web of deceit in which the darkest secrets may be her own.

Coldwater is “femme noir,” a fast-paced Hollywood crime novel with a spiritual undertow, a story of destruction and redemption nestled within a first-rate murder mystery.

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Derailed by addiction, a writer gets the chance to redeem herself in this suspenseful Hollywood thriller. Brett Tanager had it all. A reporter who became a successful television showrunner with her very first idea, Brett lived with her gorgeous boyfriend and had a wonderful relationship with his daughter, Julia. Brett had just one problem: She couldn't write without alcohol and drugs. Late one night, after a trip to her dealer, she killed a woman in a hit-and-run. Gould's debut novel really begins years after Brett's accident. Having lost everything, she's now house-sitting in present-day Malibu. She's standing at the water's edge, contemplating suicide, when Julia appears. Brett resists the urge to drink while Julia describes how her best friend, Caleigh, the daughter of the Hollywood big shot who produced Brett's show, has disappeared. Despite her immense wealth, Caleigh was involved in "enjo kosai," a Japanese variant of prostitution in which older men pay teenage girls large amounts of money for sex. Julia is convinced that, since the show Brett wrote was a police procedural, Brett will be able to find Caleigh. Brett knows she's not capable of finding anything other than the bottom of a bottle of Glenfiddich, but she goes to find a private investigator's phone number for Julia. When Brett returns, Julia has vanished. Her disappearance prompts Brett to re-engage with her old Hollywood life--and even start to get clean--to save Julia. But will Brett's efforts to pull her life together be too little, too late? And will she ever confess to her own crime? A television writer herself, Gould clearly knows Brett's milieu. Most characters seem plucked from US Weekly: Brad and Angelina copycats Campbell McCauley and Rosalie Bennett; "Internet gossip maven" Jason Ratt; and Nic Ripetti, "go-to investigator for the stars." The locations are similarly realistic, whether Brett is enduring an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a few blocks from the beach or making her way through a Hollywood funeral-turned–networking session. Occasionally, an inauthentic or clichéd phrase slows the novel's forward momentum, as when Brett observes that a doctor's "brown eyes glinted like jewels offset by clear white," or when Brett's desire rises "like embers catching fire." But those clunky moments are only minor road bumps in Brett's frenetic, entertaining ride. Celebrity, addiction, money and deception collide in this exciting debut mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988931244
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    caught in her own addiction Brett has been approached by her ex

    caught in her own addiction Brett has been approached by her ex step daughter, Julie for help finding her friend... Brett is lost in a morass of criminal activity, of drugs sex and child molestation. Can she find Julie in the depraved world that killed Julie's friend... or will Julie be lost as well in the destitute violence that took her friends like... His is a quick read with an enthralling story line of Star and production? Brett joins forces with two private investigators but cab she trust either of them?

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Normally a debut novel I avoid however this is one I am glad I d

    Normally a debut novel I avoid however this is one I am glad I did not miss. Diana Gould has made a great start and more like this will be extremely welcome.

    A story of an addict and the struggle to get clean and all the emotions and hardships that come with it. Set in Hollywood's tv and film business, Brett Tanager script writer falls from grace and battles back motivated by her step daughter. It is a gripping thriller in the Hollywood tv detective style, written in a way that keeps you wanting to turn the pages. Apart from the story the book effectively highlights the plight of drug and alcohol addicts, by detailing some of damage done to others connected and unconnected. This is a serious topic but handled well.

    Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    very smart, very cool feminist noir. great page turner.

    very smart, very cool feminist noir. great page turner.

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    Posted April 24, 2013

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