Shadow Crimes + Giveaway
by E. J. Moran
on Tour February 1 - March 3, 2018
The year is 1978, and the New York fashion industry is an orgy of glitz, glamour, and decadence. New models—especially those as beautiful as eighteen-year- old Anna McKenna—are prime targets for all kinds of predators.
Anna is already aware of the men who enjoy preying on models. She knows a woman represented by her modeling agent was found raped and murdered—but she tells herself that, tragic though it was, this is New York. Such things happen. Mickey Gallo is less sanguine about the killing, but he’s both a police detective and Anna’s protective uncle. In Anna’s mind, she doesn’t need his protection. Or so she thinks.
When one murder becomes two, Anna’s confidence is shaken, but she’s determined to accept an offer to model in Italy. There, surrounded by beauty, Anna will confront the darkest side of the fashion industry. It’s an encounter she may not survive.
Book Details:Genre: International Mystery & Crime, Mystery & Detective
Published by: TreeLane Press
Publication Date: December 2017
Number of Pages: 250
ISBN: 0999523503 (ISBN 13: 9780999523506)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
I really did enjoy this book. My only criticism is that I felt like the characters could have been stronger with the "pow" factor. For example, I liked Anna and felt like she had so many levels but her full potential was not displayed. She endured a lot as a young girl. I understand that the modeling world was new to her but she never really questioned anything and if it is possible she was too naïve. Anna is lucky, she had her uncle Mickey to watch over her. This is where Mickey shined. He was determined and took the lead to help stop the killer. If it was not for him, the police may not have solved the case.
Although, I will comment by saying that the murder and rape scenes were mild without a lot of blood or gore. This is perfect for fans of these types of stories who don't like lots of blood or gore. Yet, as much as I thought the characters could have been more polished; I could not stop reading this book. It was a fast read. In fact, I read it in one day. I do look forward to reading more books from this author.
Read an excerpt:
Born and educated in the United States, E. J. Moran began a career as an international fashion model at the age of eighteen when she was scouted by a top modeling agency based in Milan, Italy.
Moran’s move to Italy set in motion the rest of her career. She signed with top agents and modeled for famous fashion designers and photographers. Her work took her to Milan, Tokyo, New York, and Paris.
After marrying and starting a family, she retired as a fashion model and continued life as an expatriate in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore, and Italy, where she divided her free time between teaching English and volunteering for multiple international organizations.
Recently, she decided to put pen to paper and make fictional use of the plethora of experiences she gained during her globetrotting life. Moran and her husband currently divide their time between Europe and the United States.