The Last Embrace

The Last Embrace

Large Print - 2008
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The critically acclaimed author of the Eve Diamond mystery series delivers a complex and atmospheric noir thriller--inspired by the true unsolved case involving the disappearance of actress Jean Spangler in 1949.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781410410481
141041048X
Branch Call Number: LP F Hami
Characteristics: 603 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Bookworm2228
May 09, 2019

3 1/2 star read. I've read all of her Eve Hamilton novels and this is a stand alone for Hamilton and it was not a bad little read. Lily Kessler is back from working in Europe with the OSS as a spy during WWII and returns to LA. Her late fiance's sister is missing and Lily is asked by the family to investigate. When Kitty's body is found below the Hollywood sign, Lily's investigation takes her to Hollywood studios and into the world of the Mob in LA. When other girls' bodies turn up, it seems that Lily could be the next victim. A noir novel, but with a heroine, not a hero, this was a pleasant enough read.

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Nov 10, 2011

A solid read. Hamilton invokes the ghosts of a bygone era, describing a Los Angeles far removed from today's reality in rich detail. Her voice captures the mood of that time; a potent mixture of restrained hope and rampant paranoia that prevalied post WWII. Fans of noir fiction should check this out for a fresh take on a classic standard.

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