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Cold Call is the first in the critically acclaimed Iris Thorne mystery series by Los Angeles Times bestseller Dianne Emley, now available for the first time as an e-book and trade paperback. Bonus: includes Chapter One of Slow Squeeze, the second Iris Thorne mystery.

Iris Thorne traded her job teaching the deaf for a career in Los Angeles’s glittering financial district, where the day starts on Wall Street time at 6:00 a.m., and—in the “greed is good” late 1980s—all of life’s questions have numbers for answers.

Big numbers. With her not-quite-paid-for Anne Klein suits and Triumph sports car, which leaks a little oil, Iris is a high-stakes success. Still, the only man at the office who knew the real Iris was Alley, the deaf and handicapped mailman. When Alley is killed, the police insist he was a victim of random gang violence. Iris doesn’t buy it—and Alley’s death has left her with a number of problems. The first is lanky, red-headed police detective John Somers… Iris’s first love, back in her life after twenty years. Then there’s Alley’s secret legacy—a safe deposit box filled with souvenirs and some well-worn items of sentimental value: 238,000 of them, in hundreds, bundled together with rubber bands.

The cops are looking for a killer. Some professional hard guys are looking for revenge. And, for a lost friend, Iris is looking for justice—a high-priced commodity in the L.A. marketplace, where life can be even cheaper than dreams. First in the Iris Thorne Mysteries series.

Praise for Dianne Emley and the Iris Thorne Mysteries:

“Robert B. Parker had Boston. Sara Paretsky Chicago, and now L.A. belongs to Dianne (Emley).” Nancy Pickard (award-winning author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning)

“Clever… A very expert debut.” Los Angeles Times Book Review

“One of the best author debuts in many moons… Clever writing, characters shining with individuality… impressive.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An exciting find. Only one word for it: Wow!” The Observer (London)

“Iris Thorne is here to stay.” Newsday.

“A fun and satisfying read.” West Coast Review of Books

“Iris Thorne looks like a winner… (Emley’s) prose takes readers on a fast ride with a carload of colorful characters.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Iris Thorne Mysteries
Cold Call
Slow Squeeze
Fast Friends
Foolproof
Pushover *
* Out in 2012

The Detective Nan Vining Thrillers
The First Cut
Cut to the Quick
The Deepest Cut

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