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Fast Friends (Iris Thorne 3)

by Dianne Emley

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Diane Emley’s murder mystery, Fast Friends, is a multi-layered tale woven of lies, family secrets, and misplaced loyalties. The tale has more twists and turns than a snake’s slither and just as much venom. Weaving a web most spiders would be jealous of, Emley’s tale covers the lives of two families entwined by close living, working, and their children’s friendship.
The characters are detailed vividly but not to excess, which would only take away from the storyline. A reader will see within this tale, that all characters are presented at the forefront and few are secondary. However, in this instance, such a make-up actually works to the author’s advantage. Iris Thorne finds that connections are not as easily broken as once thought, and thus, she is embroiled in mysteries and possible murders from the past and present.

The plot, being the multilayered and twisting path that it is, also jumps back and forth through time-sensitive periods of the character’s lives. One may think this is confusing, but Emley manages to deal with the complication easily, and readers will find the path easy to navigate with little confusion or effort. Regular readers of this genre may notice the old tool of distraction skillfully in use, but it is unclear until the finale “who done it”.

This is an excellent addition to any Mystery library, but just as valuable in any treasured collection. It would be a shame to add it without the companion novels in the series though, as this is the third in the series. All are part of the Iris Thorne Mystery Series. As a single, or part of a series, this work is one that is sure to entertain. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984784675, Paperback)

Fast Friends is the third in the critically acclaimed Iris Thorne Mystery series by Los Angeles Times bestseller Dianne Emley. Includes bonus material: Chapter One of Foolproof, the fourth Iris Thorne Mystery.

A sexy and surefooted investment counselor, who made her ride to the top in her red Triumph, circa 1972, Iris Thorne seems unshakable. She's never looked back on her long climb up--certainly not as far back as her blue-collar roots in East Los Angeles. But the suicide of Dolly DeLacey, the mother of Iris's childhood friend, Paula, has hit harder than the latest L.A. quake in 1994--and the aftershocks are just beginning.

At the request of Dolly's husband, a slumlord with low friends in high places, Iris must locate the wayward Paula and bring her home for her mother's funeral. But Iris has inside information that makes returning to the old neighborhood a potentially deadly task--and casts Dolly's suicide in a suspicious light. Now, Iris dredges up an explosive memory she's kept hidden for years, a shocking secret that may help her solve an almost perfect murder--or bring her down in an act of long-awaited vengeance...

"Sharp and stylish. . . a multistranded complex of lies, betrayal, and desperation. . . that strips bare the politics of relationships. Clever and cool." --Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News (UK)

"An engaging and page-turning blend of family psychopathology, financial and political shenanigans, and California entropy." --Jonathan Kellerman

"A tightly knit, unpredictable tale. With her bold moral compass, her appealing in-your-face attitude and unsettled romantic life, Iris is a compelling heroine." --Publishers Weekly

[Iris Thorne is] sleek, smart and refreshingly bitchy. . . Any heroine so ambitious and quirkily original that she'll sneak peeks into her associates' lunch bags for clues to their home lives deserves our undivided attention." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[Emley's] real achievement here is making every single person Iris is attached to look suspicious and guilty." --Kirkus Reviews

Iris Thorne Mysteries
Cold Call
Slow Squeeze
Fast Friends
Foolproof
Pushover

Detective Nan Vining Thrillers

The First Cut
Cut to the Quick
The Deepest Cut
Love Kills

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