Dead To Me

Dead To Me

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"Don't believe anything they say."
Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away. When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking? Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 148 x 218 x 27.94mm | 467g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423187121
  • 9781423187127
  • 989,755

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Alice never fully knew the reason her older sister, Annie, left home as a teenager and dropped off the map. Now Annie lies comatose in the hospital, brutally beaten and left for dead, and sixteen-year-old Alice is the only family member who knows where she is. A friend of Annie, private detective Jerry Shaffer, turns up, but he is reluctant to allow Alice to assist him in finding Annie's attackers. Of course there's no putting Alice off. She and her sister used to pass the time playing with ciphers, pretending they were World War II spies, and Alice knows how to crack the clues her sister sparingly left behind. They all lead straight to trouble: her sister, her father, and now she herself have been pulled into a web of crimes surrounding a movie idol and his penchant for underage girls. Noir homage can reasonably be considered its own subgenre in youth fiction, and McCoy's debut novel suggests she will run at the head of the authorial pack. She paints a convincing picture of the seamy side of 1948 Hollywood, where tangled alliances among studio honchos, corrupt cops, and screen glitterati conspire to keep the stars' sins tucked well into the shadows. Alice is as hardboiled as the fictional detectives she admires, and her gritty, cynical voice is no comic parody but that of a smart teen who has just dis- covered her parents are more venal than she thought. There are enough twists and turns, feints and deceits to rival The Big Sleep for inscrutability, but Alice's descent into the underworld of murder, child pornography, and statutory rape will keep readers in thrall. EB BCCB"
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About Mary McCoy

Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in Teen'Scape, the young adult department at the Los Angeles Public Library. She's also worked as a hot dog vendor, a hotel maid, a bass player, a fundraiser for public television, and a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. Mary grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
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804 ratings
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4 33% (265)
3 32% (258)
2 8% (62)
1 3% (21)
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