The brutal slayings of a string of her patients in New York and a horrific attempt on her own life left Hailey Dean down, but not defeated. After a yearlong respite, former violent crimes prosecutor Hailey Dean finally returns to Manhattan, determined to rebuild a normal life and settle back into her growing practice as a therapist. But in a twist of fate, Hailey agrees to follow her heart and fight crime once again, this time in a new arena, in front of a camera. Under the hot lights of a TV studio, Hailey learns that the TV industry’s not so glamorous, but downright deadly!
Waning celebrities, all stunning actresses–each one a shining star turned has-been, now struggling to get off the D-List and back into the limelight–meet with a bloody stage exit. Hailey’s archenemy, Lieutenant Ethan Kolker, the NYPD cop who hunted Hailey down for the murders of her own patients, now wants the past forgotten and reaches out for Hailey’s help to solve the murders.
Review From Publishers Weekly
TV legal analyst Grace’s second Hailey Dean thriller (after The Eleventh Victim) works as a zany yet dark satire of pop icon worship. Hailey, a past victim of violent crime, is working as a Manhattan psychologist when a serial killer begins shooting D-List celebrities who are on the verge of making a comeback in their careers, including a TV actress, a reality TV star, a fading film queen, and a singer. After a hit appearance on The Harry Todd Show as a crime expert, Hailey bumps the ratings so high that producer Sookie Downs and her booker, Tony Russo, want her to return as a regular. Hailey is drawn deeper into the shooting investigations by NYPD Lt. Ethan Kolker, who’s also wooing her romantically. Grace adds some entertaining wackiness to standard thriller theatrics with some eccentric characters, most notably Francis Merle McGinnis, a goofy star stalker with a connection to the slain D-Listers.
About the Author
After having been a victim of violent crime, Nancy Grace went on to prosecute violent crimes for a decade in inner-city Atlanta. There, she compiled a perfect record of nearly 100 felony prosecutions and no losses at trial. Grace joined Court TV and for the next ten years, covered major trials after co-hosting Cochran & Grace with defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. One of television’s most respected legal analysts, Grace now hosts the top-rated HLN show, Nancy Grace and the syndicated program Swift Justice with Nancy Grace. Grace lives in both New York City and Atlanta with her husband and twins, a boy and a girl.