Playing Dead

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Ballantine Books
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5.24 X 8.01 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Julia Heaberlin is the author of Black-Eyed Susans, Lie Still, and Playing Dead. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. She grew up in Texas and lives with her family near Dallas/Fort Worth, where she is at work on her next novel of psychological suspense.


"In a word, this book is fun." --Fort-Worth Star-Telegram

"Tommie is a smart, sassy, loving, and doggedly persistent narrator in this fast-moving mystery that occasionally tugs at the heartstrings. A promising debut."

"Tommie McCloud is the kind of character that every female reader ends up wanting as a sister of best friend--a friend of passionate loyalties, a no-nonsense woman who doesn't possess the insincerity gene, a not-too-girly Texas spitfire...feverishly compelling....Heaberlintells the story with whip-smart dialogue, an insistent pace and keen wit; it's irresistible enough that I sped through all 300-plus pages in one sitting." --Dallas Morning News

"A terrific debut . . . Like the Chicken-Fried Steak that its characters love, Playing Dead combines Texas and Noir in unexpectedly wonderful ways, with a refreshingly real heroine and a plot thatmoves and twists with the unpredictability of a rodeo bull."
--Susanna Kearsley, author of The Rose Garden

"A debut crime novel from an author with a very promising future....Heaberlin can certainly keep the suspense going and dangled me like a fish on a line....Heaberlin's debut is excellently written with a great mix of intrigue, murder and mystery to keep the reader determined to see what happens on Tommie's journey." --Crimesquad
"As Heaberlin leads the reader through several complex threads, her fast-paced narrative rarely flags." --Detroit News

"Impressive....her debut's most striking feature is Tommie's narrative voice, which is so winning and vivacious." --Sunday Times (UK)