The Last Embrace

The Last Embrace

Book - 2008
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Los Angeles 1949. A city of big dreams and dark shadows...

Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, comes to Los Angeles to find her late fiancé's sister Kitty, an actress who is missing from her Hollywood boardinghouse. The next day, Kitty's body is found in a ravine below the Hollywood sign. Unimpressed by the local police, Lily investigates on her own. As she delves into Kitty's life, she encounters fiercely competitive starlets, gangsters, an eccentric special-effects genius, exotic denizens of Hollywood's nightclubs, and a homicide detective who might distract her from her quest for justice. But the landscape in L.A. can shift kaleidoscopically, and Lily begins to see how easily a young woman can lose her balance and fall prey to the alluring city's dangers....

With vibrant characters and unerring insight into the desires and dark impulses that can flare between men and women, The Last Embrace showcases Denise Hamilton at the height of her storytelling powers as she transports readers to a fascinating, transitional time in one of America's most beguiling cities.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743296731
0743296737
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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