The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Stewart Hoag Mystery
William Morrow Paperbacks
On Sale: August 15, 2017
Paperback / e-Book
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David Handler returns with the first book in the Hoagy &
Lulu series in two decades, a madcap mystery about an
eccentric family of influential artists, and how Hollywood's
obsession with the spotlight can sometimes turn deadly—full
of delicious LA folklore and 90s nostalgia.
One-hit-wonder author turned ghostwriter and amateur
sleuth Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag and his persnickety basset hound
Lulu are back for their first appearance in twenty years….
The year is 1992. Clinton is on the road to the white house,
Kurt Cobain fever has taken over America's youth, and cell
phones are the size of your head. Hoagy is pulled back into
the orbit of the brilliant, erratic, maddening poet Reggie
Aintree, whom he was deeply in love with before he met his
ex, Merilee Nash. Reggie and her sister Monette believe
they've been contacted by their long-lost father from whom
they’ve been estranged for decades. Richard Aintree wrote
one captivating novel that is read in every high school
English class. But he fell off the face of the earth after
his wife (the girls' mother), a distinguished American poet
in her own right, committed suicide on a bad acid trip in
To complicate matters further, Monette found her first taste
of fame at twenty-years-old when she published Father
Didn't Know Best, a memoir falsely accusing her father
of sexual abuse. Though she tried to recant her accusations
in subsequent books, the damage was done. She and her sister
Reggie have not spoken since. Now, Monette is a media mogul
whose empire is crumbling, and Reggie runs the Root-Chakra
Institute in Upstate New York. Recently, both sisters have
received mysterious typewritten letters from their father.
Into this crazy mix comes Hoagy, who is staying in the pool
house at Monette's Brentwood mansion after he’s been hired
as a ghostwriter to document the tell-all book that could
result from this mess. But when murder strikes, it’s more
important than ever for him to pull fact from fiction as he
races to catch a clever, sinister killer.
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