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The wrong girl

by Casey, Donis,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 4 copies
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Summary

They say a life well-lived is the best revenge...

Blanche Tucker longs to escape her drop-dead dull life in tiny Boynton, Oklahoma. Then dashing Graham Peyton roars into town. Posing as a film producer, Graham convinces the ambitious but naive teenager to run away with him to a glamorous new life. Instead, Graham uses her as cruelly as a silent picture villain. Yet by luck and by pluck, taking charge of her life, she makes it toHollywood.

Six years later, Blanche has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films, and Peyton's remains are discovered on a Santa Monica beach. Is there a connection? With all of the twists and turns of a 1920s melodrama, The Wrong Girlfollows the daring exploits of a girl who chases her dream from the farm to old Hollywood, while showing just how risky--and rewarding--it can be to go off script.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is the first novel in a spin-off series from Casey's popular Alafair Tucker historical mysteries. It moves from the hardscrabble lives of settlers in WWI-era Oklahoma to the over-the-top glamour of Hollywood in the 1920s. The link between the two series is Blanche Tucker, eighth daughter of Alafair, who wants out of her stifling life in Boynton, Oklahoma, in the worst way. And Blanche gets out, in the worst way, when a handsome con artist and purveyor to brothels and Hollywood producers, seduces and then abandons her to a greasy pimp. How Blanche Tucker becomes Bianca LaBelle, a combination Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson daredevil enchantress, and how her early betrayer ends up as a skeleton buried in a hillside near Santa Monica, are the twin concerns here. Casey plays up the melodrama and delivers a silent-movie feel to the story, using black title cards at the start of each chapter and inter-titles to highlight the action in this Jazz Age mystery. While this is bubbly stuff, it also focuses on the way young women and men were preyed upon and discarded for the sexual use of Hollywood producers, with the press and police turning a blind eye to the abuse. Shocking and amusing by turns, The Wrong Girl starts a new series with great promise.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set mostly in Hollywood in 1926, this predictable series launch from Casey (the Alafair Tucker mysteries) introduces actor Bianca LaBelle, whose motion pictures about Bianca Dangereuse, "a Nelly Bly--type journalist and adventurer" are "the biggest money-making movie franchise in the entire Western world." Bianca feels threatened after a private detective visits her at her Beverly Hills mansion to inquire about Graham Peyton, who went missing in 1921 and whose remains surfaced a week earlier on a Santa Monica beach. Bianca knows too much about Graham, who lured her to Hollywood with promises of stardom in 1920 when she was 15-year-old Blanche Tucker living in Boynton, Okla., but then sold her to a pimp from whom she later escaped. Despite the plot points of con men preying on young women, sexual abuse, ruthless mobsters, and drugs, the danger is as nonmenacing as that in Bianca's Perils of Pauline--esque flicks. All that's missing from this melodrama is a mustache-twirling villain. Nevertheless, Casey's portrait of how stars were born and kept their status during Hollywood's silent era will intrigue film buffs. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series The adventures of Bianca Dangereuse ; [episode 1]
Actress Bianca LaBelle solves mysteries in 1920s Hollywood
#1 - The Wrong girl
Subjects Private investigators -- California -- Fiction.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction.
Organized crime -- California -- Fiction.
Nineteen twenties -- Fiction.
Beverly Hills (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher Naperville, Illinois :2019
Language English
Description 234 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781492699187
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9781492699194
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