Books by Kelly Lange

Kelly Lange is the acclaimed author of a new series of mystery novels featuring her sleuth, fictional television news anchor-reporter Maxi Poole. The first book in the series, The Reporter, came out in July of 2002, and the second, Dead File, came out in

DEAD FILE by Kelly Lange
Released: July 17, 2003

"Strictly by the numbers, and not many numbers at that."
Anchorwoman/sleuth Maxie (The Reporter, 2002) returns in the colorless case of the poisoned dietary supplement magnate. Read full book review >
THE REPORTER by Kelly Lange
Released: March 14, 2002

"Los Angeles TV anchor Lange has tried fiction before (Gossip, 1998, etc.), but this is her first crack at plotting a mystery. It shows."
Ding-dong, the wicked actor Jack Nathanson is dead, and—as in the old Hollywood joke—virtually all of la-la land turns out for his funeral to make sure. Among the attendees is TV reporter Maxie Poole, who, as she studies her still-good-looking ex in his tasteless coffin, can't muster anything resembling sorrow. Jack had that kind of negative effect on his other two wives as well: Italian beauty Debra Angelo, the mother of his child, and powerhouse talent agent Janet Orson, the current Mrs. Nathanson. But his enemies list transcends marital connections. Just about anyone who ever had any dealings with Jack might have put two bullets into him. Former child star Meg Davidson's co-starring turn in the blockbuster movie Black Sabbat was darkened by Jack's sexual abuse, an experience from which she never recovered. He treated Zahna Cole, his occasional mistress, so shabbily that hard drugs became her desperate refuge from pain and humiliation. At the funeral, however, it's first wife Debra who's arrested, though the sketchy evidence against her will raise skeptical eyebrows among mystery veterans. Other murders follow, along with a mistaken arrest and a tragic suicide. When Maxie herself becomes a suspect, she finds herself reporting her own story. It's uncomfortable, sure, but not nearly as bad as what's in store for her at the big, predictable Grand Guignol finish. Read full book review >
GOSSIP by Kelly Lange
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Second-novelist and L.A. television anchor Lange (Trophy Wife, 1995) serves up another thriller that barely maintains a pulse.When Trisha's father sends answering machines (cutting- edge technology in 1979) to Kate, Molly, Lane, and his daughter for college graduation, these best friends vow they will stay in touch for life. Twenty years later, the "sisters" keep one another and the reader abreast of their goings-on through answering-machine messages, though this framing device is all but abandoned by the end of the book. The less-than-complicated plot centers on beautiful Kate, who is married to Austin Feruzzi, a caricature of evil. Not only does Feruzzi beat up and cheat on his wife, but he also conducts some shady business in the art world. He's so satanical that everyone wants to kill him, and they all say so. When Feruzzi inevitably turns up dead (a shame—he was the only character here who offered any real fun), almost any of Lange's cast of two-dimensional players could have done it. Was it John Valley, Feruzzi's client, the closeted gay movie star? Or perhaps Molly, "the only one of the four not born to wealth and privilege"? Maybe DeFarge, the unctuous con-man who speaks "with a hint of menace edging his thick Indian accent—? Or even Kate herself, having kicked her pill- and- liquor habit, and now nearly as strong as she is gorgeous and rich? In Lange's literary landscape, all ends happily, of course: the group, bearing no resemblance to Mary McCarthy's deftly drawn Vassar girls, remains intact—and each sister finds a beau to supply her with the Tiffany diamonds she deserves. A paper-doll world, void of true style and glamour, not to mention technique. Read full book review >
TROPHY WIFE by Kelly Lange
Released: June 1, 1995

The Los Angeles-based Lange, a local TV news anchor, drops more names than clues in a first thriller that rarely feels like more than a paint-by-numbers exercise. The title character is Devin Bradshaw, a 34-year-old former womenswear designer who gave up her burgeoning career when she snagged wealthy Paul Bradshaw away from his first wife. Paul is the owner of a large sports apparel company that manufactures a line called ``Pulled Together''—from which five percent of the retail prices are supposed to go to social programs in South-Central Los Angeles. Devin is planning to leave her 60-year-old husband and return to work (even though ``Having every material thing in the world that she could possibly desire was certainly seductive....It was every woman's dream'') when he's shot and killed in his car. In Lange's two-dimensional sense of things, Paul is the Hard-Hearted Businessman; his secretary and former lover is the Woman Scorned; his brother, Sam, is the Jealous Underachiever; a Pulled Together worker attempting to unionize the shop is an Angry Black Man; and so forth. Devin, however, is never satisfactorily defined, even in clichÇ terms, since the reader is meant to wonder whether or not she's the murderer. There is some campy fun here, not in terms of the supposed mystery, which is crystal-clear from the start, but from Lange's relentless use of real-life people and places to add gloss to the story. When Paul and Devin throw a fancy shindig, the Clintons show up, as do the Mosbachers (``albeit Republicans''); and when Devin dines at Spago, she encounters Cher ``with her bagel-boy boyfriend,'' Linda Evangelista, Wynona Ryder, and Heidi Fleiss. She even befriends a fashion model and discovers lesbian chic. Meanwhile, Lange certainly keeps things moving—the chapters are brief, and the cast is large. Entertaining for stargazers, but no big prize. (Literary Guild alternate selection) Read full book review >