The Glamorous Dead


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Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Gates began writing historical crime fiction after listening to family stories about her great-uncle, a gangster in 1930s Los Angeles. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and she lives in Southern California. The Glamorous Dead is her first novel. Visit Suzanne at


"Quotes from the magazine Photoplay begin each chapter in this gritty, noir debut that vividly captures the atmosphere of glamorous parties, movie stars, and influential studios. Readers of Kelli Stanley's 'Miranda Corbie' mysteries or Linda L. Richards's 'Kitty Pangborn' crime novels will appreciate the celebrity and culture of the period."--Library Journal

"Gates' first novel is full of the cameos and factoids that fans of Hollywood's Golden Age will enjoy...the book is a treasure trove of movie lore. Full of moxie, Penny is the perfect leading lady for this entertaining mystery."--Booklist

"[An] impressive first novel, set in pre-WWII Hollywood....Gates skillfully evokes a Hollywood era when the studio chiefs wielded enormous power over the lives of everyone in their orbits and would go to any length to protect their stars and big-budget movies. Glamour takes a back seat to lust, lies, and greed in this well-wrought mystery."--Publishers Weekly

"Suzanne Gates hits the sweet spot at the corner of literary and genre with her exquisite writing. She spins a captivating story of star-struck dreams and redemption set in the seductive glamour of forties Hollywood. This is an absolutely juicy debut from a sophisticated new voice."--Lissa Price, Internationally Bestselling author of the Starters series

"This is truly a glorious tale set in 1940's Hollywood, when mysteries ran amok and characters were colorful, memorable and a whole lot of fun to be around."--Suspense Magazine

"Surrounded by the rich and famous, this mystery is never cut and dry. There are no clear villains, but the mood and ambiance of the era are front and center. Recognizable names are dropped with glee throughout. While the motive for the crime(s) takes time to develop, this is an entertaining piece of work that will keep readers engaged until the end."--RT Book Reviews