Live at 10.00 : Dead at 10.15
Elsa Klensch, former host of CNN's "Style with Elsa Klensch," has an insider's knowledge of the fashion industry's most flamboyant personalities coupled with an outsider's sharp-eyed objectivity. In" Live at 10, Dead at 10:15," Klensch brilliantly evokes the worlds of fashion and design through the eyes of Sonya Iverson, ambitious Midwesterner striving to succeed in New York City. As a producer for the network newsmagazine "The Donna Fuller Show," Sonya is frustrated at always having to work on "fluff"-but she never expected her big break to come in the middle of the annual American Fashion Awards dinner.Sonya steps into the elegant powder room of New York City's 42nd Street Library to discover a just-out-of-rehab supermodel clutching what appears to be a bloody dagger and standing over the body of the glamorous wife of a fashion industry mogul. Sonya's first call is to the newsroom; the police come second. The dead woman, Harriett Franklin, was widely admired for her charitable work but nearly universally disliked, Sonya discovers as she interviews clothing designers, models, fashion magazine editors, and industry bigwigs. Harriett was scheming and manipulative, determined to have her way in everything from naming the new perfume being developed by the House of Franklin to keeping her Down Syndrome son in a treatment facility far from the spotlight. Suspects abound. Was the killer the supermodel, whose comeback Harriett was threatening to derail? The internationally-renowned designer recently fired at Harriett's bidding? The fashion magazine editor Harriett first bribed and then blackmailed? Or even Harriett's long-suffering husband, who may have finally had all he could take of his shrewish wife? Eager to break this career-making story, Sonya quickly learns many dark secrets about the seamy underside of the fashion industry. Sonya's next interview might be her last . . . .
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 160 x 241.3 x 30.5mm | 544.32g
- 30 Sep 2004
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
About Elsa Klensch
Elsa Klensch was the producer and host of CNN's groundbreaking fashion and design program, "Style with Elsa Klensch." Klensch has anchored Spring and Fall fashion show coverage for the cable channel Trio and has written articles for "House Beautiful, Elle Decor," and other magazines and newspapers, and writes a monthly column on jewelry for gem.net. Klensch has lectured about fashion and design at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Historical Society, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and elsewhere. Among the many awards Klensch has received are the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League and an Order of Merit from the Italian government. She has been elected to the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame. Klensch's first book "Style," a heavily illustrated compendium of fashion tips and tricks, was a "New York Times" bestseller. Her series of mysteries starring television fashion journalist Sonia Iverson begins with "Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15."
Praise for "Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15" "Only Elsa could fashion such a lively murderous tale." --Calvin Klein Elsa will have as long and successful career as a writer as she did as a pioneering fashion journalist."--Oscar de la Renta "A hot mystery. Kick back in your stilettos to find out who knocked off [the] mogul's wife."--US Weekly"No one communicates with more style or more authority than Elsa Klensch. She's the ultimate insider." --Donna Karan "If Mickey Spillane dealt in dress patterns and couture instead of lead and vengeance, this is the kind of book he'd write."-- New York Post "A tale of deadly intrigue at one of America's top design houses. Fast-paced and funny-a debut with style."--Kirkus Reviews "A well-written suspense [novel] that has a captivating conclusion." --Romantic Times Bookclub