The Last Embrace

The Last Embrace

Book - 2008
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In 1949 Los Angeles, Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, is asked by her late fiancé's mother to find out what happened to his sister Kitty, an actress who is missing from her Hollywood boardinghouse. Although the aspiring starlets at the house insist that Kitty is off somewhere furthering her career, her body is found the next day in a ravine below the Hollywood sign. Unimpressed by the local police, Lily investigates on her own.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008
ISBN: 9781416584933
1416584935
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 24 cm

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Nov 10, 2011

A solid read. Hamilton invokes the ghosts of a bygone era, describing a Los Angeles far removed from today's reality in rich detail. Her voice captures the mood of that time; a potent mixture of restrained hope and rampant paranoia that prevalied post WWII. Fans of noir fiction should check this out for a fresh take on a classic standard.

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