Burned out and bitter after a string of disappointments, Nicola Strozyk takes a short-term gig assisting Laurie Sparks, the design world's reigning enfant terrible. Barely in his twenties, Laurie has built himself an empire encompassing a chic Manhattan boutique and a role on an obnoxious reality series. Part worldly sophisticate and part cheerful scatterbrain, Laurie is beautiful and extravagant; at nearly twice his age, Nicola is jaded and resolutely unglamorous. When Laurie becomes obsessed with tracking down the origins of a mysterious coat, he and Nicola embark upon a champagne-fueled quest that takes them from the New York catwalks to glittery Hollywood parties and posh hotel suites in Paris. What begins as a lark takes an ominous turn when they start to unravel a decades-old mystery surrounding the murders of two young models. Nicola must protect Laurie from a pair of deadly threats: a mercurial fellow designer hell-bent on burying a dark secret, and an obsessive killer who has fixed his sights on nubile young Laurie.
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Like a Birthday or a Pretty View… Morgan Richter has managed to create a compelling story around the symbiotic relationship between two fundamentally different characters---Nicola Strozyk, a cool, unaffected L.A. researcher, and Laurie Sparks, a “22-year-old fashion wunderkind” and entitled mama’s boy. Nicola’s reluctant journey into Laurie’s life and their curiosity-fueled jaunt across continents to solve ever-deepening questions around a vintage fashion collection transforms her into an accidental heroine. She becomes a person who finds comfort in what she once considered outside her element. With colorful backdrops, a spectrum of glamorous, helpful, and shady character types, and a well-plotted narrative, Morgan Richter develops her protagonists into a pair you can root for, leaving readers wanting more. Known for her witty dissection of ‘80s band Duran Duran’s visually decadent music videos on her blog “Preppies of the Apocalypse,” Richter has incorporated a bonus into this book. Beyond the Nagel-style cover, fans of the band will find more Duran-inspiration throughout the chapters, though it may require an advanced knowledge of Duran Duran trivia. Highly recommended as a fun, can’t-put-it-down kind of read!
I just finished Bias Cut, and was so impressed with this book by new author, Morgan Richter. I love an intriguing mystery, and this one was great. Most of the mystery novels I read have a private investigator or an ex-cop as central characters. An MTV reality show icon was much more fun. I wasn't sure I'd appreciate something set in the fashion world, but I really did. The characters were likeable and story was a real page-turner.