FAST FRIENDS is the third in the critically acclaimed Iris Thorne mystery series by Los Angeles Times bestseller Dianne Emley, now available for the first time as an e-book and trade paperback.
"Engaging and page-turning..." Jonathan Kellerman
A sexy and surefooted investment counselor, who made her ride to the top in her red Triumph, circa 1972, Iris Thorne seems unshakable. She’s never looked back on her long climb up—certainly not as far back as her blue-collar roots in East Los Angeles. But the suicide of Dolly DeLacey, the mother of Iris’s childhood friend, Paula, has hit harder than the latest L.A. quake—and the aftershocks are just beginning.
At the request of Dolly’s husband, a slumlord with low friends in high places, Iris must locate the wayward Paula and bring her home for her mother’s funeral. But Iris has inside information that makes returning to the old neighborhood a potentially deadly task—and casts Dolly’s suicide in a suspicious light. Now, Iris dredges up an explosive memory she’s kept hidden for years, a shocking secret that may help her solve an almost perfect murder—or bring her down in an act of long-awaited vengeance…
PRAISE FOR FAST FRIENDS AND DIANNE EMLEY
"Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks." Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author
“A tightly knit, unpredictable tale. With her bold moral compass, her appealing in-your-face attitude and unsettled romantic life, Iris is a compelling heroine.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Emley’s] real achievement here is making every single person Iris is attached to look suspicious and guilty.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Iris Thorne is here to stay.” Newsday.
“A novel of suspense, romance, murder, and political intrigue on the richly detailed landscape of Los Angeles.” —Pasadena Star-News
“As skillfully tangled as a Raymond Chandler or Ross MacDonald mystery. . . . Iris is a marvelous heroine. . . . [Emley] has developed a series full of humor and tension in a city teeming with glamour, disaster, and grit.” —The Herald (Portsmouth, NH)
“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
“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)
THE IRIS THORNE MYSTERIES
Pushover (coming in 2012)
THE DETECTIVE NAN VINING THRILLERS
The First Cut
Cut to the Quick
The Deepest Cut
[Iris Thorne is] sleek, smart and refreshingly bitchy. . . Any heroine so ambitious and quirkily original that she’ll sneak peeks into her associates’ lunch bags for clues to their home lives deserves our undivided attention.
Manchester Evening News (UK)
- Val McDermid
Sharp and stylish. . . a multistranded complex of lies, betrayal, and desperation. . . that strips bare the politics of relationships. Clever and cool.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Les Roberts
There’s action to spare here. . . . [Emley’s] uncanny knack for using the perfect word to fit the occasion gives the novel a special quality, and her characters are complex and disturbing. . . . There is an almost erotic lushness to her writing…
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: www.DianneEmley.com