The Last Embrace
The Last Embrace
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743296731, 384pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, comes to Los Angeles to find her late fiance's sister Kitty, an actress who is missing from her Hollywood boardinghouse. The next day, Kitty's body is found in a ravine below the Hollywood sign. Unimpressed by the local police, Lily investigates on her own. As she delves into Kitty's life, she encounters fiercely competitive starlets, gangsters, an eccentric special-effects genius, exotic denizens of Hollywood's nightclubs, and a homicide detective who might distract her from her quest for justice. But the landscape in L.A. can shift kaleidoscopically, and Lily begins to see how easily a young woman can lose her balance and fall prey to the alluring city's dangers....
With vibrant characters and unerring insight into the desires and dark impulses that can flare between men and women, "The Last Embrace" showcases Denise Hamilton at the height of her storytelling powers as she transports readers to a fascinating, transitional time in one of America's most beguiling cities.
"One great ride into classic L.A. noir. Smart, passionate, and filled with heart." -- Robert Ferrigno
"Hamilton captures Los Angeles in a way that's comparable to the skills of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais." -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"So much freshness and sass...comparisons with Raymond Chandler aren't too far out of line." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Nobody can do multicultural Los Angeles better than Denise Hamilton." -- The Denver Post
"...an engaging heroine and a cast of quirky supporting characters who seem to have walked off the set of Sunset Boulevard." -- Booklist
"Her reputation for Chandleresque dialog and impeccable historical detail is strongly supported in this highly readable and entertaining story." -- Library Journal