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Los Angeles, 1938. Former aspiring actress Lillian Frost is adjusting to a new life of boldfaced names as social secretary to a movie-mad millionaire. Costume designer Edith Head is running Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe department, but only until a suitable replacement comes along. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal, a real-life incident in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood.
Lillian attended the Manhattan dinner party at which well-heeled guests insulted Adolf Hitler within earshot of a maid with Nazi sympathies. Now, secrets the maid vengefully spilled have all New York society running for cover – and two Paramount stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges.
Edith also seeks Lillian’s help on a related matter. The émigré pianist in Marlene Dietrich’s budding nightclub act has vanished. Lillian reluctantly agrees to look for him. When Lillian finds him dead, Dietrich blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue extending from Paramount’s Bronson Gate to FDR’s Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they’ll do it in style.
The second installment of the Edith Head and Lillian Frost mytsery series, Renee Patrick's Dangerous to Know beguilingly blends forgotten fact and fanciful fiction, while keeping Hollywood glamour front and center
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Set in December 1938, Patrick's sassy second series novel (after 2016's Design for Dying) takes the reader on an exhilarating ride through Hollywood in its heyday. Trouble may be brewing in Europe, but in Hollywood it seems to be business as usual. The biggest question in most people's minds is: who will David O. Selznick choose to star in Gone with the Wind? Lillian Frost, social secretary to one of the most prominent men in Los Angeles, is a friend of Paramount's premier costume designer, Edith Head. When Edith asks her to do a little favor for Marlene Dietrich, how can she refuse? Her brief is simple: find pianist Jens Lohse. The more she noses around, the more dangerous her life becomes. Real-life celebrities such as Billy Wilder, Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns populate this meticulously researched book, in which the most outlandish incidents are verifiably true. Lovers of old movies, fabulous gowns, and historical gossip will be enchanted.