A Sonya Iverson Novel
By Elsa Klensch
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765307651, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 29, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Fresh from solving the murder of a fashion magnate’s wife in Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15, TV newsmagazine producer Sonya Iverson returns in Shooting Script, another luxurious thriller from Elsa Klensch.
Once again working on a "puff piece," this time about the opening of a new luxury spa headed by the third and youngest wife of Errol Swanson, former head of Sonya’s own network, Sonya decides to put her frustration to good use. She’s an investigative reporter—so she’ll investigate.
And there’s plenty of dirt to dig. For one thing, the head honchos at the network all seem scared of Errol—even Donna Fuller, Sonya’s boss and a crusading journalist, treads softly where Errol is concerned. Rumors claim that Donna and Errol had an affair, and Errol’s made a heavy-handed pass at Sonya.
Then there are the wives. Wife #1, Joan, is eating herself to death and trying desperately to wrest control of her family toy business away from her supposedly retired ex-husband. Craig, her son with Errol, disappeared a decade ago and is presumed dead; his twin sister, Christy, is mentally and emotionally unstable and has been the family scapegoat for years.
Wife #2, Margot, is a successful fashion designer who still lives in fear of Errol’s notoriously violent temper. He’s got his hooks into her business too, and the loans are due. Margot brings a gun to the spa, to protect herself and her charming son, Tomas. Tomas, a budding fashion model, wants his father to accept him, but his homosexuality disgusts Errol, and the two men have never had a civil conversation.
Wife #3, Lara, seems to be full of love and human kindness. She’s engineered a family reunion along with the spa opening in an attempt to reconcile her husband with his wives and children before her own baby is born. Learning of Errol’s past cruelties, Lara does her best to soften her hard-headed husband, but his unusual sexual demands have begun to wear on her soul. Lara has secrets of her own, a dark past that may soon be exposed.
Rounding out the family gathering are Errol’s Aunt Tracey, who knows where the bodies are buried—perhaps literally—and Sonya’s fellow reporter Frank O’Neill, who has a deeply personal connection to Lara and who is preparing a book-length expose of Errol Swanson.
When Errol is found, shot to death while tied to the bed he and Lara shared, the morning after a family dinner marked by vituperation and violence, local police have an abundance of suspects. But Sonya is already several steps ahead of the official investigation. She’s determined to find out who killed the mogul . . . and get her scoop on the air.
Elsa Klensch, producer and host of CNN’s groundbreaking fashion and design program, "Style with Elsa Klensch," still covers fashion, luxury goods, and design for print and television media. She has been elected to the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Klensch’s first book was Style, a heavily illustrated compendium of fashion tips and tricks. Her series of mysteries starring television fashion journalist Sonya Iverson began with Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15.
Acclaim for Elsa Klensch and Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15:
"Elsa Klensch will have as long and successful career as a writer as she did as a pioneering fashion journalist for CNN. She is as good at writing fiction as she is in front of a camera."--Oscar de la Renta
"No one communicates with more style or more authority than Elsa Klensch. She's the ultimate insider."--Donna Karan
"Only Elsa could fashion such a lively murderous tale."--Calvin Klein
"A hot mystery set in the fashion world, featuring a smart female producer who scoops a murder case. Kick back in your stilettos to find out who knocked off a mogul’s wife: the supermodel, the designer, or her own hubby!"--Us magazine
"The book is brisk and sharp, building to a satisfying and hilarious payoff."-- New York Post
"Fast-paced and funny—a debut with style."--Kirkus Reviews
"A well-written suspense [novel] that has a captivating conclusion."--Romantic Times Bookclub
"As someone who loves mysteries - and, of course, fashion - I couldn't wait to read the book. I was not disappointed. Klensch ably pulled it off, with the kind of plotting that kept me awake and guessing till the end."--Evelyn Theiss, The Cleveland Plain Dealer