TALKED TO DEATH by Louise Shaffer


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Brought aboard Cee Gee Jones's popular TV talk show to replace Cee Gee's longtime friend Grace Shipley, veteran soap-opera producer Angie DaVito (All My Suspects, 1994) finds even more fighting going on behind the cameras than onstage. There's friction among Cee Gee's viceroys and protectors; the great lady's teenage daughter has been feuding with mom and carrying on with Grace's lover; and Grace herself is not exactly going gentle into that good night--at least not until she's shot to death, ending her problems and compounding everybody else's. Angie hovers, flutters, runs errands, dispenses good cheer, romances the dreamy brother of her old acquaintance Det. Teresa O'Hanlon, and eventually puts the murder together with a family tragedy that Cee Gee's show broke 12 years ago. A cheerfully unpretentious tale quite unworthy of its explosive subject--talk shows' potential for unleashing violence--but heater and livelier than Angle's debut last year.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1995
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Putnam