Claire Fontaine Crime Fighter

A novel of life and death....and shoes

Tracey Enright

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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A Novel of Life and Death...and Shoes
 
Claire Fontaine is sassy, sexy, sophisticated, and rich. Henry Bennett is fat, sloppy, slow, and a bad dresser. He's a private eye, and as far as he's concerned, she's his assistant. As far as she's concerned, he's her partner. Their entire relationship, in fact, is one big difference of opinion, and the results are hilarious.
 
Now Henry has been hired to investigate the murder of a young woman who liked to party. Claire helps (or hinders, depending on your point of view) when she can drag herself away from her Brentwood mansion and the James Bond-like hunk who lives next door. As Claire and Henry try to trace the victim's last known companions, they stumble across streets that the rich and famous desperately try to hide.
 
If you like sleuths who are stylish, seductive, and full of great fun, then Claire Fontaine is the crime fighter for you.

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Chapter One

On a rather balmy October day, I had an interview that changed my life.

My father had the right connections and scored me a brief meeting with a notorious homicide detective named Henry Bennett. When I arrived at his office, situated in the Miracle Mile district along Wilshire Boulevard, I was faced with the worst possible working environment. The lobby of the building smelled like dirty dishes and sweaty bodies, and the floor was stained with dark fluids and a lifetime of heel marks. The air felt thick and moist. My pores were already getting clogged and I hadn’t even

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"Matches the staccato pace and quick rhythms of the finest detective novels....spices up the genre with sharp commentary on the fashions and home decor of L.A.'s trendy, wealthy denizens. Claire's a bankable character; her most endearing quality is her ability to rebound from disappointment. Plus, much like the cast of Charlie's Angels, this heroine always looks fabulous in the face of danger. Crisp writing and clever characters make this updated debut crime novel a winner."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
"An entertaining trip.... As first novels go, this is a keeper."
- Library Journal
 
"Sassy investigator Claire Fontaine's stilettos are made for skipping over the objections of her unwilling and unstylish partner, who provides the comic yang to her yin."
- Ellen Byerrum, author of the Lacey Smithsonian Crime of Fashion mysteries
 
"Claire Fontaine, a rich, sophisticated young woman, and Henry Bennett, a sloppy, middle-aged ex-cop, put a fun new spin on the terms 'odd couple' and 'gumshoes,' as they hit the mean streets of L.A. to solve crimes."
- Dolores Johnson, author of Taken to the Cleaners and Pressed to Kill

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Tracey Enright

Tracey Enright was born in Dallas, Texas, and educated at Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York City, where she is hard at work on her second novel.

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Claire Fontaine Crime Fighter
A novel of life and death....and shoes
Tracey Enright

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429903950
ISBN10: 1429903953
240 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312319601
ISBN10: 0312319606
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$23.95
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