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Aspiring actress and single mother Rita Farmer has gone from struggling to find work to downright desperate. If she doesn't land a paying job soon - horror movie, soap commercial, anything - she's afraid her ex-husband will use her dire financial straits to take away Petey, her cherished four-year-old son.

While she's charming the crowd at storytime at the LA public library, a celebrity defense attorney approaches her with an unusual job offer: So long as she's discreet, Rita can rake in a thousand dollars a day preparing his client for her appearance in court. Easy money? Hardly. His client, Eileen Tenaway, is not only a wealthy heiress and a queen of the tabloids but she's been charged with the murder of her own child. The attorney needs Rita to coach Eileen secretly to help her seem more sympathetic, more human. He needs the jury to believe not only her words but the subtle cues of body language, facial expressions, even vocal style.

Rita knows she can do it, but what she doesn't know is how determined she'll become to find out what really happened to Eileen's family - once her own life and Petey's life depend on it. The Actress, Elizabeth Sims's engrossing series debuting a spirited sleuth, delivers a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's high society at its lowest.

©2008 Elizabeth Sims (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Beatrice
  • 16-12-21

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I enjoyed this book but sometimes the pace was a bit slow and I skipped ahead. There's a lot going on but the characters and plot are realistic and interesting.

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  • Turtle
  • 13-01-22

Did not enjoy at all

I almost returned this book as it was so incredibly shallow and poorly narrated. If the main character were real, you'd consider her to be about 1" deep. You would not want to associate with this very shallow person. I did listen to the whole thing, just to see if it ever improved. It did not. Since I listened to all of it I will keep it as a reminder to not purchase more from this author or narrator.