Author: Elizabeth Sims
Published: May 27, 2008 by St. Martin's Minotaur
Series Name: Rita Farmer Mysteries
Main Character: Rita Farmer, George Rowe, Daniel Clements, Gary Kwan
Struggling actress Rita Farmer is starting to feel desperate. If she doesn't get a real paying job soon—horror movie, soap commercial, anything—she's not sure what she's going to do. She's afraid her ex-husband might use her dire financial straits to take away her four-year-old son Petey, and that's the only thing that really matters to her. During storytime at the library (a performance for which Rita gets $50), a familiar-looking man approaches her with an unusual offer—a job, for $1000 a day, coaching a client of his. She recognizes him as a celebrity defense attorney with a notorious case: tabloid staple Eileen Tenaway has been charged with killing her own little girl. He wants Rita to make Eileen more human for her role in front of the jury. Rita knows she can do it, and she really needs the money. But what she doesn't know yet is how determined she'll become to know what really happened that night—her life, and Petey's, will depend on it.