The Disappearing Act

Catherine Steadman. Ballantine, $28.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-593-15803-6
The day that London actor Mia Eliot, the narrator of this entertaining psychological thriller from Thriller Award finalist Steadman (Mr. Nobody), learns she’s on the shortlist for the prestigious BAFTA award, she also discovers her live-in actor boyfriend has accepted a role in a major film and is leaving her for his nubile young costar. Mia’s agent quickly arranges a trip for her to Los Angeles to “drum up some studio interest.” In an audition waiting room in L.A., Mia hits it off with the woman sitting next to her, Emily Bryant. When Emily asks Mia to feed her parking meter so she doesn’t miss her turn, Mia agrees. Mia returns to the room to find Emily gone. The sordid tale of murder and blackmail that follows builds to a climactic battle atop the iconic Hollywood sign. The authentic movie business details and nicely developed characters more than compensate for some confused plotting and Mia’s at times breathtakingly naive behavior. This tale of Hollywood glamour, cruelty, and myth is sure to win Steadman new fans. Agent: Camilla Bolton, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency (U.K.). (June)
Reviewed on : 04/07/2021
Release date: 06/08/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Paperback - 500 pages - 978-0-593-29511-3
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