Author: Maxine Nunes
Published: October 1, 2013 by Cengage/Five Star
Series Name: A Nikki Easton Mystery
When Nikki Easton’s closest friend, actress Darla Ward, disappears, Nikki’s relentless search for the truth reveals the hidden side of her friend's life, laying bare secrets buried before Darla was born—secrets that soon threaten Nikki’s own life as she uncovers widening layers of corruption that reach far beyond Hollywood to the highest levels of political power.
"What’s real? Darla used to ask me. How do you know what’s real? I never understood the question. But then I didn’t have platinum hair and cheekbones that could cut glass, and no one ever offered to buy me a Rolls if I spent one night naked in his bed. Darla was a brilliant neon sign flashing pure escape. You almost didn’t notice that those lovely green eyes didn’t blaze like the rest of her. She was both main attraction and sad observer at the carnival. Something had damaged her at a very young age. We never talked much about it, but we recognized this in each other from the start."