About the Book:
Los Angeles has many faces: the real LA where regular people live and work, the degenerate underbelly of any big city, and the rarefied world of wealth, power, and celebrity. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan’s latest case plunges her into this insular realm of privilege, and gives her a glimpse of the decay behind the glitter.
Beloved actor Evan Hobbes is found in the rubble of a Malibu rockslide, a day after a fake video ruins his career. It’s not clear to Nolan if it’s an accident, a suicide, or a murder, and things get murkier as the investigation expands to his luminary friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, Hobbes’s agent is dealing with damage control, his psychotic boss, and a woman he’s scorned.
This is a good police procedure mystery that delves into the murky world of Hollywood. The murder plot is complex with a number of suspects. Nolan is a suitable police investigator although her partner seems to be needed to keep her on task from time to time. This is the third novel featuring her and, while this one read relatively well on its own, it is apparent much of her current character is based on events in previous novels.
Tracy's writing style is quite poetic. She takes time working up to the focus of a scene. One I got used to that, I did like it. Some may think the prose a bit much for a murder mystery. There are many characters (and POVs) and some I felt were more distracting than essential. Sam is one. Perhaps he's from another novel and will have a more essential role in a future one.
I did like the novel and the dive into the dark world of Hollywood and its characters. I especially liked the surprising twist at the very end.
My rating: 4/5 stars.