THE ACTRESS by Elizabeth Sims


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A penniless actress hired to coach a woman on trial for killing her child finds even more mystery behind the case.

Desperate for money to support herself and her son Petey, unemployed actress Rita Farmer takes celebrity lawyer Gary Kwan up on his offer of $1,000 per day to pose as a paralegal while working to soften his client Eileen Tenaway’s image. Caught up in the case, Rita works long hours while her friend Daniel shuttles Petey between day-care centers and her abusive ex-husband schemes to sue for custody of Petey. Rita’s curiosity gets the better of her when she’s approached by George Rowe, an investigator for the insurance company that paid out a huge sum to Eileen and her husband’s business partner when he was found dead in Brazil. Thereafter, Rita works to improve Eileen’s chances with the jury while trying to find out whether Eileen’s husband is really dead and what happened to a load of jewels and cash missing from the business. Having fallen a bit in love with the married Gary before he admitted to being gay, Rita’s devastated to find him dead in a pool of blood. When she has to outwit a group of amoral people to save her child, she discovers that she’s tougher than she thought.

In her first departure from her Lillian Byrd series (Easy Street, 2005, etc.), Sims crafts a page-turner from stem to stern.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-312-37727-4
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008


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