Pretty as a Picture: A Novel

Pretty as a Picture: A Novel

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Author: Little, Elizabeth

Brand: Viking

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 352

Release Date: 25-02-2020

Details: Product Description "Funny, fast-paced, and a pleasure to read." --The Wall Street Journal"A valentine to the intoxications of filmmaking and film-viewing." --Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book ReviewA CrimeReads Best Book of 2020An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder--the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary--and legendarily demanding--director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline. Some girl dies. It's not much to go on, but the specifics don't concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She'll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories. But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it's supposed to be--or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace. Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie's central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself. The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished. A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction. Review Praise for Pretty as a Picture"A film editor who can’t much tell where stories end and life begins, Marissa is also prickly, hyperarticulate, suspicious, neurotic, surprisingly tough and very funny — the ideal narrator for a book that pays homage to Hollywood and classic detective fiction. . . . The book celebrates women who have each other’s backs and put their friends ahead of their men. It is also a valentine to the intoxications of filmmaking and film-viewing." —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review "Ms. Little’s witty book deftly skewers the movie-making world and the types who inhabit it. . . . Pretty as a Picture, with its mix of satire and action, is funny, fast-paced, and a pleasure to read."  —The Wall Street Journal "An exciting locked-room mystery that touches on domineering personalities, art and the #MeToo movement, helmed by an unconventional heroine. . . . Little’s cinematic eye and affinity for strong plotting guide the fascinating Pretty as a Picture as the author smoothly goes behind the scenes of moviemaking while delving into characters’ psyches. . . . Little’s debut novel, Dear Daughter, was a standout of 2014. Pretty as a Picture seals her as an author to watch." — Oline H. Cogdill, Associated Press"In Elizabeth Little’s nimble  Pretty as a Picture, part of the fun is figuring out L.A. film editor Marissa Dahl. . . . Despite (or maybe because of) her quirks, Marissa Dahl is an engaging narrator who’s up for the challenge [of solving the crime], her encyclopedic knowledge of cinema serving as her north star."  —The Los Angeles Times"An unconventional crime novel with an unconventional heroine and an uncommonly high dose of humor." —Chicago Tribune"Elizabeth Little’s fantastic new book is part parable of the film industry, part feminist thriller, and part ode to the rise of the true crime podcast." —CrimeReads"One of the year's most anticipated thrillers." —Bustle "Both a captivating thriller and a snarkily funny send-up of Hollywood pretensions, the book glories in movie references — film fans will be especially rewarded."  —The Seattle Times"The California writer’s prose style is so nimble and engaging, her dialogue so smart and quippy, you’d follow her anywhere

Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches

Languages: English