Dead To Me by Mary MccoyDead To Me by Mary Mccoy

Dead To Me

byMary Mccoy

Hardcover | March 3, 2015

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"Don't believe anything they say."
Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking?

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.
Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in Teen'Scape, the young adult department at the Los Angeles Public Library. She's also worked as a hot dog vendor, a hotel maid, a bass player, a fundraiser for public television, and a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. Mary...
Title:Dead To MeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423187121

ISBN - 13:9781423187127


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I was pretty much sold on Dead to Me after hearing it described as a noir-inspiredy 1940s mystery. I haven't encountered many books with this type of Hollywood setting, and I was immediately intrigued to see how the story would play out. Mary McCoy's writing is engaging which makes Dead to Me an exciting read, ideal for readers who like a mystery with a less common setting. Reasons to Read: 1. The old Hollywood setting: I haven't read many books which are set in old Hollywood, but Mary McCoy did a fantastic job describing the setting in Dead to Me. It was very easy to imagine the characters and the places. But more impressively, Mary's writing really gave me a sense of old Hollywood by creating an atmosphere. While reading, I felt like I had been transferred to the story! 2. Strong female characters: I noticed towards the end of the book that there are many female characters in Dead to Me, and while they are each different they are all very strong, interesting individuals. You could see how they would each approach a problem differently, which added more depth to the characters. And I also appreciated seeing some very strong and loving relationships between them. 3. Even pacing: Dead to Me moved along at a steady pace while I was reading, which made it an easy read for me. Since much of the plot is shrouded in mystery, the reader is in the dark nearly as much as the protagonist, Alice, is. And it was this sense of mystery and the need to help Annie that kept the plot moving forward steadily and kept it from feeling too slow even while very little action was happening. One of the most interesting aspects of Dead to Me was how the characters, even those who did not take an active role in the book, were not cast as stereotypes and there were a fair number of significant reveals with respect to secrets the characters were keeping. This felt realistic, but it also made the book interesting and more developed. ARC received from Hachette Book Group Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-06-29

Editorial Reviews

Alice never fully knew the reason her older sister, Annie, left home as a teenager and dropped off the map. Now Annie lies comatose in the hospital, brutally beaten and left for dead, and sixteen-year-old Alice is the only family member who knows where she is. A friend of Annie, private detective Jerry Shaffer, turns up, but he is reluctant to allow Alice to assist him in finding Annie's attackers. Of course there's no putting Alice off. She and her sister used to pass the time playing with ciphers, pretending they were World War II spies, and Alice knows how to crack the clues her sister sparingly left behind. They all lead straight to trouble: her sister, her father, and now she herself have been pulled into a web of crimes surrounding a movie idol and his penchant for underage girls. Noir homage can reasonably be considered its own subgenre in youth fiction, and McCoy's debut novel suggests she will run at the head of the authorial pack. She paints a convincing picture of the seamy side of 1948 Hollywood, where tangled alliances among studio honchos, corrupt cops, and screen glitterati conspire to keep the stars' sins tucked well into the shadows. Alice is as hardboiled as the fictional detectives she admires, and her gritty, cynical voice is no comic parody but that of a smart teen who has just dis- covered her parents are more venal than she thought. There are enough twists and turns, feints and deceits to rival The Big Sleep for inscrutability, but Alice's descent into the underworld of murder, child pornography, and statutory rape will keep readers in thrall. EB-BCCB