Synopses & Reviews
A pop star's face is burned by suspicious stage makeup during her stint at a Bath playhouse. The main suspect, the makeup artist, is found dead, and Diamond must conquer his own mysterious but deep-seated phobia to solve the crime.
Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she is pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage. As Diamond digs deeper, he uncovers rivalries among the cast and crew and is forced to confront his own mysterious and deep-seated phobia to find the killer.
About the Author
Peter Lovesey began writing mysteries in 1970 and has won the British Crime Writers' Association Silver and Gold Daggers as well as the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. He has received Edgar and Dilys nominations, an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award, and the Ellery Queen Reader's Award.