A Little Trouble with the Facts

Nina Siegal, Author . Harper $13.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-124290-8

Chick lit meets Raymond Chandler in this slick debut about a Gotham gossip girl’s rise, fall and resurrection in New York circa 1999. Sassy, brassy journo Valerie Vane—née Sunburst Rhapsody Miller, born to a pair of hippies—wants to be famous and does so the old-fashioned way: by tossing gossip bricks. She’s quickly scooped up by the style section of the Paper (a thinly veiled New York Times ), but becomes undone by cocaine nights and her social-climbing no-good boyfriend. After a drug-fueled rage that gets her mug on all the trashy tabs, Val is relegated to the obits desk. There, the disgraced writer learns to be a real reporter, investigating the mysterious death of revered graffiti artist Malcolm Wallace. In the hunt for his killer, aided by her dark and handsome source, Cabeza, Val uncovers corruption that will put her name back on page one—and her life in danger. Siegal, a former journalist, blends glamour and gutter into a delicious cocktail, equal parts behind-the-scenes dish and crime novel. With a tantalizing if undeveloped side plot involving Val’s long-lost relatives, a sequel would be both logical—and welcome. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
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