Another Thing to Fall

By AM Northwest Staff

Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

The California dream weavers have invaded Charm City with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy... When private investigator Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledging TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, not an assignment. But the company has been plauged by a series of disturbing incidents since its arrival on location in Baltimore: bad press, union threats, and small, costly on-set "accidents" that have wrecked havoc with its shooting schedule. As a result, Mann's creator, Flip Tumulty the son of the Hollywood legend, is worried for the safety of his young female lead, Selene Waites, and asks Tess to serve as a bodyguard/babysitter. tumulty's concern may be well founded. Not long ago a Baltimore man was discovered dead in his own home, surrounded by photos of the beautiful, difficult superstar-in-the-making.

In the past, Tess has has enough trouble guarding her own body. Keeping a spiled movie princess under wraps may be more than she can handle- even with the help of Tess icily unflappable friend Whitney- since Selene is not as naive as everyone seems to think, and far more devious than she initally appears to be. This is not Tess's world. And these are not her kind of people, with their vanities, their self-serving agendas and invented personas, and their remakably skewed visions of reality- from the series aging, shallow, former pretty-boy leading man to its resentful, always-on-the-make cowriter to the offcious young assistant who may be too hungry for her own good.

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