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Let's face the music and die
Scoppettone, Sandra.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass : Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
Physical Description:
249 pages ; 24 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Author Notes

Sandra Scoppettone is a mystery writer. She was raised in South Orange, New Jersey.

In the 1960s, Scoppettone collaborated with Louise Fitzhugh, on two books. She began writing her own young adult novels in the 1970s. Her book, Trying Hard to Hear You, was one of the first young adult novels to feature a lesbian character. Scoppettone's 1976 novel, The Late Great Me, dealt with teenage alcoholism and was made into an Emmy winning television special. Another book, Playing Murder, was nominated for a Edgar Award. Scoppettone's first three mysteries for adults were written under the pseudonym Jack Early. Her book, Everything You Have Is Mine sparked an ongoing series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Scoppettone scores big time with the latest Lauren Laurano mystery, which is that rarity, a serious, multilayered novel of crime that recalls Graham Greene's Third Man and Brighton Rock, with their questioned allegiances, notions of personal honor, and possibilities for redemption. In it, Scoppettone ponders the slippery slopes of fidelity, honesty, and integrity at every juncture as, with dazzling wit and humor, she leads Lauren and readers through a labyrinth of deduction, loss, sorrow, and pity. Coming to the aid of an old friend accused of murdering her aunt, lesbian heroine Lauren untangles the gnarled threads of the case just as she is compelled to come to grips with the unraveling of her own longtime relationship and with her growing fascination with Alex Thomas, a gorgeous, sexy woman wooing her through the Internet. When rapist Charlie West starts stalking Lauren, all forces converge to make this a must-read for crime-novel fanatics. --Whitney Scott

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hangin' with Lauren would make an apt subtitle for Scoppettone's (My Sweet Untraceable You) latest engaging entry in her series starring Manhattan PI Lauren Laurano. The central tension in this tale occurs mainly in Lauren's personal life, and many of the story's pleasures lie in what we learn about this heroine's life as hunter (tracking a murderer), as hunted (tracked by a horror from her past) and as lover (uneasily straying from monogamy's narrow straits). Lauren's friend Elissa is the prime suspect in the stabbing death of her widowed aunt, Ruth Cohen. Police like the fact that Elissa inherits Ruthie's millions. If she's the murderer or she herself dies in the very near future, the money goes to a mysterious cousin whom neither Elissa nor Ruthie had ever met. Lauren is distracted in her investigation by her faltering long-term relationship with her lesbian lover, Kip Adams, and by the lures of another woman. She must also cope with the immediate dangers posed by Charlie West, who raped and left her for dead years ago. Now out of prison, Charlie lets Lauren know-by phoning, e-mailing her and trashing her office-that he's back to repeat, and this time finish, the job. Madman Charlie raises the suspense marginally (does anyone imagine he'll succeed?), but Scoppettone fans will most appreciate the chance to know game and complex Lauren better; a deft touch is the closing cliffhanger as Kip surprises Lauren in an awkward moment. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved