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Death Was in the Picture

Death Was in the Picture

A Mystery

Linda L. Richards

Minotaur Books

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In 1931, while most of Los Angeles is struggling to survive the Depression, the business of Hollywood is booming. And everyone wants a piece. The movies have always been cutthroat and, as girl Friday Kitty Pangborn is about to find out, that's more than a metaphor.

Kitty's boss, private detective Dexter Theroux, has been asked to help leading man Laird Wyndham prove his innocence. The actor was the last person to be seen with a young actress who died under very suspicious circumstances, and the star has fallen from the big screen to the big house. Wyndham's a dreamboat, but that isn't the only thing that has Kitty hot under the collar. Dex has already signed a client---one who's hired him to prove Wyndham's hands are not as clean as they look.

Mixing Hollywood glitz with hard-boiled grit, Death Was in the Picture captures the essence of life in Depression-era Los Angeles: a world where times are tough, talk is cheap, and murder is often just one scene away.

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Praise for Death Was in the Picture

“For something really snappy---a dandy, old-school, hard-boiled detective story, told from the point of view of a tough PI's equally tough secretary---go no further than Linda L. Richards's Death Was the Other Woman.” —Seattle Times

“Richards's spot-on portrayal of 1930s California---the tumultuous social and political atmosphere, the fashions, the vernacular---make this a must-read for palookas, mooks, and twists with enough spondulix to spare for some rip-roaring, hard-boiled literary escapism.” —The Chicago Tribune

“Honoring the noir tradition while turning it on its head, Richards's richly detailed period portrays a world in which lifestyles, whether high or low, become an elaborate defense against a harsh environment in which there is only one final act, and the trick is to determine the time the curtain falls.” —Booklist

“This is a great period piece with action aplenty and nostalgia-evoking characters. Kitty is a delight, and fans of Megan Abbott's noir crime novels will enjoy it.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Linda L. Richards

Linda L. Richards is the editor and cofounder of January magazine and a regular contributor to The Rap Sheet. She lives near Vancouver.

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