Cold Call is the first 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. Includes bonus: the first chapter of Slow Squeeze, the second Iris Thorne mystery.
Iris Thorne traded her job teaching the deaf for a career in Los Angeles' glittering financial district, where the day starts on Wall Street time at 6:00 a.m., and-in the "greed is good" late 1980s-all of life's questions have numbers for answers.
Big numbers. With her not-quite-paid-for Anne Klein suits and Triumph sports car, which leaks a little oil, Iris is a high-stakes success. Still, the only man at the office who knew the real Iris was Alley, the deaf and handicapped mailman. When Alley is killed, the police insist he was a victim of random gang violence. Iris doesn't buy it-and Alley's death has left her with several problems. The first is lanky, red-headed police detective John Somers. . . Iris's first love, back in her life after twenty years. Then there's Alley's secret legacy-a safe deposit box filled with souvenirs and some well-worn items of sentimental value: 238,000 of them, in hundreds, bundled together with rubber bands.
The cops are looking for a killer. Some professional hard guys are looking for revenge. And, for a lost friend, Iris is looking for justice-a high-priced commodity in L.A., where life can be even cheaper than dreams
"Robert B. Parker had Boston, Sara Paretsky Chicago, and now L.A. belongs to Dianne [Emley]." -Nancy Pickard, author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning
"[Emley] has portrayed [a brokerage firm] with fine, cold malicious glee. . . . As at Scott Turow's Chicago law firm, you do wonder what they'll say at the water cooler. . . . Clever. . . A very expert debut." -Los Angeles Times Book Review
"One of the best author debuts in many moons. . . . Clever writing, characters shining with individuality. . . impressive." -Cleveland Plain Dealer
"An exciting find. Only one word for it: Wow!" -The Observer (London)
"[Dianne Emley's] Iris Thorne is here to stay."-New York Newsday
"A fun and satisfying read." -West Coast Review of Books
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As 'old blue eyes' said, "some things are better the second time around". Maybe so; then again maybe they're just more appreciated. A good example is Dianne Emley's "Cold Call" now available again after its original publication in the nineties. Iris Thorne, a hip and very attractive lady, has fashioned an admirable career as a stockbroker/financial adviser in LA. She is an accomplished professional and generally more mature than many of her colleagues who remain moored to the old boy network. Like most of us she has an issue or two and would be pleased if true romance would come her way, but, all in all, she's doing quite well. That is, until her work life is jolted suddenly and severely when Alley, the firm's impaired "gofer" is brutally murdered on the streets nearby her office. The cops, wanting to clear their files quickly, are disposed to chalking the murder up to some sort of routine drug deal gone bad, but Iris's judgment tells her otherwise. Her suspicions unweave a nasty web of deceit, money laundering and, not least,millions of dollars of customer funds missing. Rather au courant, eh? Along the way, old acquaintances are reconnected and seemingly strong relationships evolve in surprising, sometimes almost bizarre, ways. Quite quickly, she dopes out an ongoing cover-up and, in the process, becomes marked for a gangland-style "hit". The story is well told, sprinkled with enticing clues and unwinds with more than a few clever twists till its ultimate resolution.
..but not as good as Emley's Nan Vining books. I would read those first given the chance.
Rather predictable and shallow. Emery has written better books. by aj west