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In this "tense, twisting mystery" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
“I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she’d died from the New York Daily News.”
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?
Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets—or ending up dead herself.
A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK
"A juicy mystery . . . I want everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it."​ —Jasmine Guillory

“Crackling . . . One of those books that's best prepared for ahead of time, because once you pick it up, it will be difficult to put down.” —Alyssa Cole
“A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller.” —Liv Constantine
"Dishes up the glitz of the haves and the struggles of the have-nots . . . #pageturner." —Oprah Daily

“Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family.” —Laura Lippman
“Smart with twists you never see coming.” —Walter Mosley
“Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.” —Lori Rader-Day

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In this "tense, twisting mystery" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
“I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she’d died from the New York Daily News.”
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never...

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In this "tense, twisting mystery" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
“I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she’d died from the New York Daily News.”
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?
Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets—or ending up dead herself.
A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK
"A juicy mystery . . . I want everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it."​ —Jasmine Guillory

“Crackling . . . One of those books that's best prepared for ahead of time, because once you pick it up, it will be difficult to put down.” —Alyssa Cole
“A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller.” —Liv Constantine
"Dishes up the glitz of the haves and the struggles of the have-nots . . . #pageturner." —Oprah Daily

“Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family.” —Laura Lippman
“Smart with twists you never see coming.” —Walter Mosley
“Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.” —Lori Rader-Day

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        October 1, 2021

        When the body of Black reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found in a Bronx playground, the police quickly surmise death by overdose. But estranged half-sister Lena will have none of it; despite Desiree's hard partying, she would never have sojourned above 125th Street in Manhattan, far south of the Bronx. Now Lena is hunting for the ugly truth. From Agatha/Anthony award winner Garrett, cofounder with Walter Mosley of Crime Writers of Color; a 35,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 1, 2021
        When Desiree Pierce, the Black socialite and reality-star daughter of rap mogul Murder Mel Pierce, dies in an apparent heroin overdose, her half-sister, Lena, fights grief with a mission to satisfy her raging suspicions. Lena has distanced herself from her inattentive father, Mel, but has always been tight with Desiree. At least, until two years ago, when Desiree refused to address the substance-abuse issues that caused a devastating accident. Now, Desiree has been found dead just blocks away from Lena's house, and Lena senses she was coming to her for help. Lena knows that Desiree's "it girl" bestie, Erin, is hiding something, but decides to keep her close and leverage her ability to open elite doors. Dodging reporters, ineffectual detectives, and Mel's private security, Lena uncovers motives among Mel's former business partner, Desiree's celebrity-DJ ex-boyfriend, and an old friend lost to reality-show politics. Lena's relatable conflicts and her crafty, tenacious investigation will easily draw fans. A strong mystery that benefits from the tension between Desiree's glamour and Lena's cynical practicality.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from January 10, 2022
        Agatha winner Garrett (the Detective by Day series) delves into the vagaries of families, fame, and wealth in this insightful, briskly plotted novel. Columbia graduate student Lena Scott, who’s working on her master’s in nonprofit management, has been estranged for years from her younger half-sister, Desiree Pierce, a former reality TV star turned Instagram darling. When Desiree’s body is found in a Bronx playground the morning after her 25th birthday party, the authorities attribute her death to an overdose. Despite their differences, Lena, who knows Desiree was terrified of needles, begins her own investigation. In her search for answers, Lena gets back in touch with her famous hip-hop producer father (whose financial support she refused), forcing her to reevaluate her childhood and the choices she’s made. Lena regrets having been alienated from Desiree and is jealous of the friends who became Desiree’s substitute sisters. Garrett explores racism and sexism with aplomb, as shown by the sarcasm Lena displays when others underestimate her because she’s a young Black woman. This talented author has upped her game with this one. Agent: Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary.

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        February 1, 2022
        When her estranged ex-reality-star younger sister turns up shoeless and dead of an overdose on a Bronx playground, Lena Scott has to prove to herself--and everyone else--that it was not an accident. Lena may be just 28, but she's as hard-boiled as a millennial gets. A loner, she hasn't had a relationship with her hip-hop-mogul father since she was 4; her mother and grandmother both died five years ago; and she hasn't seen her best friend, who's burying herself in a master's program in nonprofit management at Columbia, in a year. A fan of friends with benefits, she's "never been big on relationships." She doesn't even do social media except to keep tabs on her sister, Desiree, another exile from her life after Desiree's DUI two years ago. Since the police have zero interest in pursuing what Lena knows are suspicious circumstances around Desiree's demise, she hits the streets, uptown and down, by foot and bike, mass transit, and Uber, tracking down leads with baby sister's friends, flings, and--uncomfortably for her--family. If the first 60 pages have a few too many implausibilities (ubiquitous dashing reporters) and bad similes ("her eyes were as dry as my sex life") and the last 60 devolve into eye-glazing digital forensics ("I was about to close Safari when I noticed the GoFundMe site") and a rushed, too-pat end, everything in between crackles. The writing is sharp, the commentary wry, and Lena is irresistible: "I'd never wanted to see a cop more in my twenty-eight years of being Black." Come for the not-so-bad whodunit, stay for the whip-smart, heart-hurt, very entertaining heroine.

        COPYRIGHT(2022) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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