Hollywood has come to Baltimore, and with it traffic, a little mayhem, and murder. A new television series is filming around town, and odd things have been happening on the set - events disturbing enough to get Tess Monaghan a gig watching over the show's young and tempestuous lead actress.
How can a private eye - even one as skilled and intuitive as Tess - find a killer when she's surrounded by actors, people accustomed to hiding their motives? Tess must try to see behind the dazzling facades to solve a crime. And everyone has an angle. A son envies his father. Another man wants his best friend's easy, charmed life. A rising star wants to trade up to the big screen. A falling star wants to remember the heat and excitement of new-found fame. A working-class Baltimore girl wants to be a television writer; she just doesn't want to have to go to the trouble of writing. There's even a woman who thinks she wants to be Tess Monaghan, a lonely widow who's taking Tess's night-school course in the basics of private investigation. Will Tess be able to sift through all the lies before the killer strikes again?
This is an Advance Reading Copy, also known as an Advance Readers Edition, Uncorrected Proof or Unbound Manuscript. ARCs may differ from the final book in some of the text, and if there are pictures or illustrations, they generally are not included.
Its release date is March 11, 2008. It retails for $24.95. This softcover advance edition is 325 pages and measures approximately 6" x 9.25". Many people consider these pre-release books to be first editions. It is new, unread, and in mint condition.