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When Scott McGrath hears that the young woman found dead in an abandoned Chinatown warehouse is Ashley Cordova, his investigative journalist genes begin to percolate. He knows Ashley as the gorgeous daughter of the legendary cult horror film director Stanislas Cordova, a dark, driven man whose thirty-year seclusion has made him a sort of eerie modern-day Howard Hughes. The reporter has his own previous history with the elder Cordova and almost from the first, he suspects that, whatever the coroner said, Ashley's death was no suicide. Marisha Pessl renders this scary, strangely absorbing story in words, photographs, and screenshots, engulfing us in its hypnotic mysteries. Her fans have waited seven years since Pessl's triumphant debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics for this second novel. They will not be disappointed.