The Prada Paradox (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #3)

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USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner follows up her acclaimed thrillers The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix with a whip-smart new adventure in code-breaking — Hollywood-style!

Devi Taylor was one of Hollywood's fastest-rising starlets — until a crazed fan held her at knifepoint and she retreated to a life of privacy and Valium. Now recovered and ready for a comeback, Devi dreams of endorsing all things Prada, whose Rodeo Drive store she can't resist. Instead, she lands ...

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Overview

USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner follows up her acclaimed thrillers The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix with a whip-smart new adventure in code-breaking — Hollywood-style!

Devi Taylor was one of Hollywood's fastest-rising starlets — until a crazed fan held her at knifepoint and she retreated to a life of privacy and Valium. Now recovered and ready for a comeback, Devi dreams of endorsing all things Prada, whose Rodeo Drive store she can't resist. Instead, she lands the starring role in The Givenchy Code, a high-budget action-adventure flick. But with the tabloids all over Givenchy and her recent split with her drop-dead handsome costar, Blake, Devi can't shake the feeling that another crazed fan is going to strike.

Then a frightening message — "Play or Die" — is delivered to Devi's house, and she finds herself sucked into a deadly and cryptic game not unlike the one in the movie she's starring in. Hollywood has always been her life, but does Devi know its secrets well enough to follow the cinematic clues that might save her and her favorite Prada bag?

Julie Kenner is the author of two previous novels in this series,The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix, both available from Downtown Press. Her novel Aphrodite's Kiss was a USA Today bestseller, and Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom was a Book Sense Summer Paperback Pick. Her other acclaimed novels include Nobody But You and The Spy Who Loves Me. She lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband and daughter.

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"Another delightfully clever mix of chick-lit and thriller. Readers who like their suspense novels with a sexy edge and a wicked sense of humor will find Kenner irresistible." — Booklist on The Manolo Matrix
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743496155
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Codebreaker Trilogy Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Kenner's books have hit bestseller lists as varied as USA Today, Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, and Locus Magazine; have won numerous awards and have been lauded in industry publications such as Publisher's Weekly and Booksense. Julie writes a broad range of fiction, including sexy and quirky romances, young adult novels, chick lit suspense thrillers and paranormal mommy lit. Visit her online at http://www.juliekenner.com

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Someone put a bullet in my boyfriend's brain!

As I race down the street, propelled by terror, I can still see the image in my mind, and the thought of it makes my stomach turn. The blood and gore on his pillow. The gaping hole above his ear.

My heart stutters, and a stitch burns in my side. Move, Mel, I think. Just move! I'm barefooted, and tiny stones poke into the soles of my feet. I ignore the pain and press on toward safety. Toward home.

I'm almost there, and I keep my focus on that simple green door. Reach the door, open the door, through the door. After that doesn't matter. Not yet. Which is good, because right now my brain can't process any more than those three simple commands. It's too filled with terror and rage and confusion to digest rational thought.

Around me, bright light from fixtures hung precariously on steel poles casts dark shadows, giving this Manhattan street an eerie quality. I barely notice. Just as I barely notice the people standing nearby in clusters, walkie-talkies and cell phones silent in their hands. I glance over them, searching the crowd for the killer. I know deep down that he's not there, but I shove that knowledge away and search. I have to be thorough. I have to be certain.

No one suspicious jumps out at me, and I allow myself one tiny glimpse of hope. My door is right there. Twenty yards. Fifteen. Ten.

And then I'm there. My hand closes around the doorknob, the metal cool against my hands. I twist the knob violently, then shove the door open. One step and I'm over the threshold and —

"Cut!" Tobias Harmon, the director, yells from across the street. "Beautiful, sweetheart! I think we got it this time! That was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant."

I nod acknowledgment, but don't look at him. I'm too busy shaking off the fear that I've been wallowing in for the last five takes.

My name is Devi Taylor. I'm an actress. And for me, this part is the role of a lifetime.

Copyright © 2007 by Julie Kenner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

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    I'm at work, down to the last fifty pages of Prada Paradox and I'm AT WORK. I NEED to finish this book, it's getting better and better with every miniscule chapter. (I sneak-read a few pages. No, no, put it away. This is work for God's sake. They don't pay me to read. Well, maybe just a couple more pages...this is killing me to see it sitting there waiting for me) Julie Kenner introduces a new main character here, Devi. Same basic plan...PSW is after her, no surprise there. The tension builds dramatically throughout the book. Similar storyline but different enough plot to make it fresh and exciting. I only hope she's got another installment in the wings. Great read, short (331 + epilogue), but great.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A great cat and mouse thriller

    Play, Survive, Win is an online role playing game where the target has a protector to save her from the assassin and this game has made it out into the real world where unwilling people participate in order to stay alive. Mega movie star Devi Taylor is making a comeback in a film based on someone one who played and survived the game. Her only doubts about the film is her co-star Blake Atwood who played a big role in their very public breakup.------------------- She is in her heavily guarded home working on her lines for the next days when Blake arrives allegedly to read themwith her but in truth he wants to win her back. A Fed Ex package arrives from Play, Survive, Win and when they open the site they learn that she is a target who was poisoned and if she wants to live she must follow the clues to find the antidote. Andy, a fellow worker on the movie, arrives saying he got a message saying he is the protector. Blake refuses to stop for the antidote which happens to be a good thing because he ingested the poison and now he has as much at stake as Devi who is targeted by the assassin. As they follow the clues, Devi realizes her love for Blake has never died and if they both come out of this alive, she intends to make sure nothing comes between them again-------------------- Julie Kenner has written an outstanding thriller that sends chills down the readers¿ spines as they watch with baited breath to see if the stars can beat the assassin and Blake can find the antidote. This work of romantic suspense is enjoyable to follow as the audience tries to decipher the clues along with the characters. THE PRADA PARADOX is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience just likes it predecessors (see THE GIVENCHY CODE and THE MANOLO MATRIX).---------------- Harriet Klausner

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