The Wrong Girl

Donis Casey (Author)
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Description

They say a life well-lived is the best revenge...

Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naive teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it to Hollywood.

Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton's remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s melodrama, The Wrong Girl follows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky--and rewarding--it can be to go off script.

Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
November 11, 2019
Pages
256
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781492699194

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About the Author

Donis Casey is an award-winning author whose first novel The Old Buzzard Had It Coming was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book in 2008. She has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award. A former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur, she currently resides in Tempe, Arizona.

Reviews

"With both wit and her trademark warmth, Casey serves up the story of Bianca, the eighth child of Alafair Tucker, who flees her native Oklahoma for glamorous Hollywood in the 1920s. Clever, resilient, and agile, Bianca makes her way into films, but en route she meets a broad cast of characters, including a sleazy villain and a group of spirited, quirky women, all deftly drawn. The reader is transported to the 1920s Southwest, both seedy and sparkly, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable ride!" - Karen Odden, author of A Lady in the Smoke and A Dangerous Duet
"Casey's portrait of how stars were born and kept their status during Hollywood's silent era will intrigue film buffs. " - Publishers Weekly
"Casey plays up the melodrama and delivers a silent-movie feel to the story...shocking and amusing by turns, The Wrong Girl starts a new series with great promise. " - Booklist, STARRED review
"With this new series launch, Casey ("Alafair Tucker" mysteries) performs a little genre-bending, penning a coming-of-age tale within the context of a 1920s-set cozy mystery that could just as easily been ripped from today's headlines. VERDICT Old Hollywood, silent film stars, the Jazz Age, and strong female characters all combine to create a solid read for crime fiction fans of all stripes." - Library Journal
"This is the first in an excellent new series by Donis Casey... Highly recommended." - Historical Novel Society