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Shadow Crimes

In the high-stakes world of international fashion, beauty can be murder.

by E. J. Moran


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The year is 1978 and New York City has become a place of moral decay and self-indulgence. Crime is rampant and a recently discovered fashion model signed by modeling agent, Natasha Burns, has been murdered. Before long Natasha discovers her replacement, beautiful eighteen-year-old Anna McKenna. Anna, who lost her parents as a young child and is doing everything she can to care for her disabled baby brother, knows it's an opportunity she can't refuse.

Anna quickly realizes that the fashion industry attracts sleazy characters who prey on the innocence and naïveté of newcomers, but she thinks she can handle herself. Her uncle Mickey, a police detective, isn't so sure. He knows that one of Burns's models was found raped and murdered only three months ago, and when a second model meets the same fate after a night out at Studio 54, he becomes convinced that a sexual predator stalks Burns's modeling agency.

Who preys on the women of Natasha Burns's agency? Is it the seedy movie producer who accosts Anna at Bloomingdale's, a drug-addicted photographer, or the handsome male model she travels with on assignment to Italy? In an industry where women are seen as objects to be used and discarded, anyone could be responsible.

Knowing the killer could be anywhere, even lurking in Italy, Mickey is on the next plane out, with no time to waste. If he doesn't catch the killer, Anna's modeling career will end in violence and tragedy.

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