Synopses & Reviews
The murder of one wannabe starlet may actually only be the beginning for a vicious killer.
When poor little New Hampshire rich girl Mindy Hollis gets lost in Los Angeles, her big sister hires private detective Ed Traynor to find her. Traynor and Holliss security chief Jack McMahon take off for Tinseltown to track down the aspiring actressbut they discover the only part she ever got was the one that killed her.
Their hunt for her killers takes them from the bowels of Mexico City to the glitz of Los Angeles, north to the set of the Black Orchid in Vancouver, and then back again to Hollywood, where the angels are dying in the dark. Its up to Ed and Jack to save them before the film fades to black.
In this hard hitting crime novel from Hardacker (Sniper) Deborah Hollis a member of an old money New Hampshire family hires PI Ed Traynor to find her sister Melinda who took off for Los Angeles to become an actress and hasn’t been heard from in two months. Jack McMahon a former L.A. cop who works for the Hollis family business accompanies McMahon on the trip west. At an L.A. morgue the two identify the gruesomely butchered body of a Jane Doe as that of Melinda who they subsequently learn had a starring role in a snuff film. In their search for Melinda’s killer Traynor and McMahon get on the trail of pimp Vincent Beneventi “a small time piece of garbage who wants to be big time” and Giuliano Olivas “Holy” Toledo a sadistic Mexican film producer. Traynor goes after Toledo in Mexico City while McMahon follows Kondrat Jablonski a hot Hollywood director to Vancouver Canada. Despite some lack of continuity Hardacker keeps the action flowing all the way to the violent climax. Agent: Paula Munier Talcott Notch Literary Services. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Vaughn C. Hardacker
is a veteran of the US Marines, and he served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, and Southern New Hampshire University. Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and his short stories have been published in several anthologies. He is the author of Sniper
and The Fisherman
. He resides in Stockholm, Maine.