Blues in the Night by Rochelle Krich

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Sunday, July 13. 1:46 A.M. Near Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon. An unidentified woman in her twenties, wearing a nightgown, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left her unconscious and seriously injured. There were no witnesses.

So reads the report on the accident off Mulholland Drive in Molly Blume’s Crime Sheet column for a weekly Los Angeles tabloid. Just another small L.A. tragedy, soon forgotten.

But the image of the young woman in her nightgown stumbling along a dark, winding road is one Molly, a freelance true-crime writer, cannot shake. In fact, it draws her to a bedside in intensive care, where the victim whispers to her three names: Robbie, Max, and Nina. It’s not a smoking gun, but is sufficient to reinforce Molly’s gut instinct that there are sinister circumstances behind the assault on Lenore Saunders.

With fearless conviction, Molly asks questions that nobody—including Lenore’s mom, her ex-husband, her shrink, or even Molly’s L.A.P.D. buddy, Detective Connors—wants to answer. Nevertheless, the astute Molly discovers Lenore lived a fractured life, so different from Molly’s own secure and loving Orthodox Jewish background. And as a chilling picture of the unfortunate woman begins to take shape, the menace of murders past and present stirs and quickens.

In her first Molly Blume novel, award-winning novelist Rochelle Krich tells a story in the tradition of the great L.A. mysteries of the past—and introduces an investigator who is pure gold. Twentysomething divorcee Molly Blume, with her deep faith, short skirts, and nose for the truth, is a heroine to cherish.


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About Rochelle Krich

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Rochelle Krich is the author of ten acclaimed novels of suspense, including Shadows of Sin, Dead Air, Blood Money, and Fertile Ground. An Anthony Award winner for her debut novel Where’s Mommy Now? (which was adapted as the TV movie Perfect Alibi), Ms. Krich now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their children.Visit Rochelle Krich’s Web site at www.rochellekrich.com
 
Published September 30, 2003 by Ballantine Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Reading the transcript of her trial and interviewing the prosecuting attorney, Molly reluctantly concludes that Lenore, for whom she had felt sympathy, probably never suffered from P.P.P., may not even have killed Max, but hoodwinked her psychiatrist and the jury into letting her off with a wrist...

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With Los Angeles true-crime writer Molly Blume (yes, she gets teased about that a lot), Agatha Award winner Krich (Shadows of Sin and four other Jessie Drake mysteries) introduces a smart new heroine in a new suspense series.

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True crime writer Molly Blume, perusing the LA area police blotters prior to writing her weekly column for a suburban throwaway, gets a frisson when she reads about a young woman, clad only in a nightgown, who had been hit by a car late at night.

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This novel introduces Ms Krich's new series, with sleuth Molly Blume leading the action.

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it's a hard book to put down because the reader is soon as obsessed as Molly with unraveling the backstory on the woman in the nightgown.

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Molly Blume is a true crime writer and a freelance reporter on the crime scene.

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