A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth?
In this award-winning prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.
Copper is busy with work, Christmas shopping, and fantasizing about a whole week with her long-distance boyfriend. She’s also helping her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is spearheading plans for a new center to serve the homeless. Things are hectic but under control when shocking news breaks. Victoria McKimber has turned up dead.
As she investigates the violent death, Copper evades enemies, juggles boyfriend, work, and family, and races against time to save her brother from a sinister plot. Unless she can expose the truth about Victoria McKimber, somebody just might get away with murder.
Edwards's entertaining prequel to Getting Off on Frank Sinatra finds East Coast transplant Copper Black working at a Las Vegas, Nev., newspaper as a recently hired assistant editor, doing jobs like getting coffee for the arts and entertainment editor. Eager to make her mark as a journalist, Copper seizes the chance to accompany a colleague to interview Victoria McKimber, who has just flown back from an appearance on TV's Morning Show in New York. Victoria, the winner of a sales contest sponsored by a beauty products company, has become a hot news item since the company's top brass rescinded her crown and other perks after learning she worked as a prostitute at a Nevada brothel. Victoria later dies in an unlikely accident, and a visit to her husband ends with Copper stealing Victoria's tape recorder. Meanwhile, Copper's Episcopal priest brother and his wife are having trouble putting together a big land deal for the Alliance for the Homeless. Readers will enjoy smart, sassy Copper as she handles family and professional crises with aplomb.