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Snow Storms in a Hot Climate (a Marla Masterson Mystery)

Snow Storms in a Hot Climate (a Marla Masterson Mystery)

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by Sarah Dunant

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's unusual to find a credible friendship between women blended into the pages of a tightly written thriller, but Dunant's first novel rises well above the genre's watermark. A shaky summons from her estranged friend Elly draws Marla from the cool reaches of an English summer to the humid streets of New York. A determinedly dusty academic, Marla doesn't expect to outshine exotic Elly, but the woman who meets her at the airport is a washed-out version of her once vibrant schoolmate. After globetrotting for several seasons, Elly has hooked up with a strikingly attractive, charismatic liar named Lennie, who lives for the high he gets from cocaine, which he smuggles and deals. Initially, their affair energized Elly; now she has sunk into a slough of drug-induced despair, from which her lover refuses to lift a hand to save her. With grim relish, Marla prepares to battle for Elly's soul, encouraging her to take refuge at the California estate of Lennie's enigmatic ex-partner, J.T. What follows is an intricate psychological chess game that escalates to murder. Sharp-edged humor, a devious, neo-Gothic plot that twists back on itself and a lust for revenge impel the novel to its inexorable finale. (Nov.)

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Random House Publishing Group
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British novelist, broadcaster, and critic Sarah Dunant is well known on both sides of the pond for her bestselling series of mysteries featuring sleuth Hannah Wolfe. With her first historical novel, The Birth of Venus, Dunant explores another scene: Renaissance-era Florence.

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London, England
Date of Birth:
August 8, 1950
Place of Birth:
London, England
B.A., Cambridge University, 1973

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Snow Storms in a Hot Climate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know her as a writer of historical fiction. She captured "modern relationships" and told a fabulously engaging story in this novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister died by eating deathberries. If there are any in the territory we must let the kits know what they are and warn them