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Dead Ex

Dead Ex

Book 3 of the Wollie Shelley series

"A page-turner of a mystery.
A lovable sleuth. A real winner!"

   —Janet Evanovich

When David Zetrakis, a prominent television producer, is found dead in his home with a gun shot wound to the head, there's bound to be a feeding frenzy in the media. But since David is an old boyfriend, Wollie finds the ripples are a little too close to home. To make matters worse, Wollie's friend Joey also dated the producer—an often explosive relationship that the paparazzi remembers all too well. The fact that David had once fired Joey from the popular soap At the End of the Day, and the discovery that upon his death she inherited a two-million dollar Klimt painting makes Joey the prime suspect in the eyes of the LAPD. Despite her friend's recently erratic behavior, Wollie knows she didn't kill David. So in her trademark gumshoeing style, Wollie sets out to figure out who else had means and motive, which leads her to a host of oddball characters, any of whom could have pulled the trigger. Wollie ends up navigating a second murder, a cop and a lover, both frustratingly dedicated to their work, and a very unhappy killer who's focused on keeping the truth out of the tabloids.

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"A Greek mythology twist and crackling insider insight into the fascinating soap opera world enhance this clever whodunit."
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Dead Ex is a wicked-smart, scalpel-sharp jewel of a book. Harley Jane Kozak brings an insider's eye to the denizens lurking in Hollywood, and skewers them with laugh-out-loud results. I loved it!"
—Robert Crais

"It's been much too long since Wollie Shelley's last appearance. But now she's back, and her newest adventure is just as entertaining as her first two....Quirky characters with witty dialog and snappy comebacks make the writing sparkle."
—Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Harley Jane Kozak has a voice like no other. Dead Ex is sassy, pert, and a mile a minute page turner filled with dry wit and a tongue-in-cheek look at Hollywood that could only be told through such an entertainer. Witty, unique, pure temptation and tons of fun. A seriously not to be missed book that stands all on its own. Fabulous!"
—Heather Graham, author of The Dead Room

"Harley Jane Kozak's Dead Ex is a delightful romp through the world of daytime TV. It's fast, sexy and genuinely funny. If there's a more likeable heroine than hers—she composes greeting cards while she's not solving crimes!—I haven't found her yet. Don't miss this story."
—T. Jefferson Parker, author of Storm Runners

Doubleday, hardcover, August 2007, ISBN: 978-0385518024
Broadway, paperback, June 2009, ISBN: 978-0767924214