From Jane Stanton Hitchcock, New York Times bestselling author of sophisticated thrillers Trick of the Eye and Social Crimes, comes One Dangerous Lady, a gripping mystery about a socialite’s daring investigation into the disappearance of a wealthy art collector.
While in Barbados for a lavish high-society wedding, Jo Slater—once on the brink of social obscurity—is back on top of her game. But when her old friend, Russell Cole, disappears, Jo is convinced he’s the victim of foul play—and that the perfectly manicured fingers of his latest wife, Carla, are all over the so-called accident.
Back in Manhattan, Carla’s stunningly fast rise up the social ladder adds fuel to Jo’s suspicions. And when a mysterious figure from Jo’s past returns and tries to bring her down, the Park Avenue set learns that, when crossed, she is one dangerous lady.
New York grande dame Jo Slater, whose riches-to-rags-to-riches story entertained readers of Social Crimes, returns in Hitchcock's latest smart, genuinely funny novel to take on a sociopath socialite cutting a vicious swathe across Manhattan society. A Barbados wedding becomes the scandal of the year when the host, Russell Cole, a billionaire art collector with a psychiatric history, disappears off his yacht, and Jo puzzles over the suspect behavior of his much-younger second wife, Carla, an Italian with a shady past. Upon their return to New York, Carla angles for Jo's solidarity, but Jo, insightful and caustic, won't have any. Social life is hard work for these women, and Jo is soon vying for the upper hand in a deadly, high-stakes game with this ruthless social climber. (For Jo, a dinner party invitation from Carla heralds the "long reign of a rival queen in whose court I may very well become a prisoner.") Despite Jo's opposition, Carla achieves an exclusive co-op apartment (which she decorates "rococo-a-gogogo"), a seat on the board of the Municipal Museum along with Jo's resignation from said board, even Jo's romantic interest, Lord Max Vermillion. From Jo's first wry comment to her final maneuver, Hitchcock will have readers rooting for her to vanquish her nemesis.