Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl by Winston Groom
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Delia Jamison is a gorgeous woman of a certain age and at the pinnacle of her career as anchor of a network news show in Los Angeles. But she is being blackmailed by someone she is certain is one of her former lovers. Terrified to go to the police for fear the story will leak and cause a scandal, Delia's at her wit's end when she accidentally runs into none other than one of those former lovers, Johnny Lightfoot, whom she hasn't seen in nearly twenty years. Johnny is now an Academy Award-winning screenwriter living in New York and L.A. who feels the old emotional attraction for Delia rising again. Even though she's recently married, Delia mysteriously seems to encourage Johnny's interest.
Since she won't go to the police, Johnny agrees to help her find the culprit, which means she has to produce a list of the suspects. And what a list it is: moguls on the New York Stock Exchange, fancy lawyers, a stellar Ivy League professor--even a United States senator. As Johnny's investigation delves deeper into Delia's past, it exposes more than he ever wanted to know; meanwhile, the blackmailer rachets up his dangerous game. As the story moves to its frightening climax, Johnny Lightfoot finds himself entangled in a web of deceit and savage sexual violence that makes him wonder if he ever really knew Delia at all.

About Winston Groom

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Winston Groom is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Forrest Gump, Gump & Company, and Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. He also wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel Better Times Than These, as well as the prize-winning novel As Summers Die, the prize-winning Civil War history Shrouds of Glory, and the Pulitzer Prize nominee Conversations with the Enemy. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama, and in the mountains of North Carolina.
Published February 22, 1999 by Random House. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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That’s no surprise to Johnny, but he quickly discovers that practically all of these guys would like to kill Delia, most with good reason.

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she withholds key information from Johnny, from her husband Brad and from Brad's best friend, Rick, who owns ""a big detective agency,"" yet welcomes Johnny's sleuthing (here, as elsewhere, Groom's desire to pay homage to 1940s Hollywood trumps probability and psychology).

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