IN THE GREEN ROOM
Los Angeles writer
Cece Caruso is thrilled that her biography of mystery
writer Dashiell Hammett is headed for the big screen. Even
better, Cece is getting paid to tutor Rafe Simic, the gorgeous
actor cast for the lead. Okay, so he's not the sharpest knife
in the drawer. But he's really cute and the money's good.
Too bad he might also be a killer. When the body of a woman
turns up, Rafe's picture is found among her effects. The victim,
it turns out, was a blast from Rafe's past. In a plot that
could come right out of a Hammett novel, Cece sets out to
find justice for the dead woman, even if it means pulling
the plug on the movie. The only thing is, someone might pull
the plug on Cece first.
An imprint of
"While Cece's vintage clothing
fetish gives her a certain loony charm, it doesn't
get in the way of her genuine talents as a sometime sleuth
and full-time writer, biographies of dead mystery writers
being herspecialty... Kandel can be cutting about the fakery
of the movie business, but she takes mystery fiction seriously.
And she shows real sensitivity for the tormented genius [Dashiell
Hammett] who dug his own grave when he moved to Hollywood."
— The New York Times
"Equal parts Hammett biography and Los Angeles
mystery, filled with glittery movie stars, surf punks
and a spicy B-plot... Kandel's affectionate tribute to Hammett
is both poignant and edgy... Stark, tantalizing prose, smart
central plot... fascinating, little-known biographical and
historical tidbits about Hammett and his era that add surprising
richness and elegance... Literary luminaries and their characters
seem to act as muse for [Kandel's] best writing."
— The Los Angeles Times
"The delightful Cece Caruso is back
in Shamus in the Green Room, the third in Susan Kandel's series
featuring the perpetually 39-year-old ex-beauty queen turned
mystery author/ amateur detective. These saucy, well-crafted
mysteries are a lot of fun... Fans of the series will be pleased
that her passion for vintage clothing never gets old, much
like Cece herself."
— The Boston Globe