Format Hardcover
Publication Date 08/01/13
ISBN 9781605984681
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 352

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City of Mirrors

A Diana Poole Thriller

Melodie Johnson-Howe

"City of Mirrors is deftly written and smart. On top of that, it is entertaining as hell."—Michael Connelly

Running out of money, Diana Poole is forced to go back to the only work she knows: acting. Her much-loved husband and movie-star mother have died, and now Diana is over thirty-five. In Hollywood that means she might as well be dead. Still, a few key people remember her talent, and she lands a role in a new movie. But an actress should never get her hopes up, especially when she discovers the female lead’s murdered body. Raised in her mother’s shadow, Diana knows people in “the business”will go to dangerous lengths to protect their images. When her own life and career are threatened, Diana decides to fight back and find the killer. But unmasking the surprising murderer isn’t that easy, especially when she uncovers what’s real—and unreal—in her own life.

Melodie Johnson is the author of two novels, The Mother Shadow, nominated for an Edgar award, and Beauty Dies; a collection of short fiction, Shooting Hollywood: The Diana Poole Stories; and a play, The Lady of the House. After a career in movies and television, she quit acting to write novels. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“In City of Mirrors, Melodie Johnson Howe’s deliciously wicked sense of humor and insider’s knowledge of Hollywood combine to give readers the unforgettable Diana Poole, a perfectly cast detective for this complex, intelligent tale. Howe writes beautifully.” Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author
“The moral decay of the movie business has rarely been so deftly portrayed as in City of Mirrors. Jet-propelled narrative drive, non-stop action, a dark and twisting plot, and a mega-tough yet sympathetic heroine make this one impossible to put down.” John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“The book is intelligent, frequently very funny, always sophisticated, and a joy to read.” The Boston Globe