DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy


Age Range: 13 & up
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A privileged girl turns detective in a gritty noir thriller about the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood in the 1940s.

Alice Gates has always lived a comfortable life in her spacious Hollywood home. Her father does PR for a prestigious studio, and Alice and her sister, Annie, have spent their childhood hobnobbing with famous movie stars and attending glitzy parties. Suddenly, when Alice is 12, Annie leaves home with no explanation. Four years later, Alice receives a call that her sister is in the hospital, beaten and unconscious. As Alice tries to track down Annie’s assailant, she finds herself in the thick of a Tinseltown that isn’t quite so shiny, one full of runaways, pornographers, malicious gangsters, crooked cops and psychotic movie stars. As she begins to pick her way through the tangled web, she learns that the present-day events may ultimately lead back to the truth about her sister's leaving home all those years ago. McCoy's mystery unfolds slowly and cautiously, offering enough clues—and red herrings—to keep readers hooked. Its conclusion is tidily, perhaps a bit too conveniently, resolved, but against the richly envisioned backdrop of golden-age Hollywood's sinister underbelly, this minor quibble is easily forgiven.

Step aside, Nancy Drew; this dark mystery holds nothing back. (Historical mystery. 13 & up)

Pub Date: March 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4231-8712-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015


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