Dead to Me (Hardcover)

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There really aren’t enough YA mysteries out there so when I heard there was a debut mystery that could be best described as L.A. Confidential for the YA reader, I was instantly intrigued. And when I read the first chapter—heck, the first few sentences!—I immediately thought, “Now this is LA noir.” I don’t want to give anything away, but just trust me when I say this is noir set in the Golden Age of Hollywood but with a whole new angle. Instead of an alcoholic loner PI, the protagonist is Alice, a cynical yet vulnerable 16-year-old girl who is determined to find out who beat her older sister to near death. Yes, there are shady characters and surprises lurking around every corner, but it’s Alice’s introspective journey and unsentimental voice that makes Dead to Me a true standout. Our Fantastic Firsts young Adult Pick for March.

— From Sarah Chen

About the Author



Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in Teen'Scape, the young adult department at the Los Angeles Public Library. She's also worked as a hot dog vendor, a hotel maid, a bass player, a fundraiser for public television, and a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. Mary grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781423187127
ISBN-10: 1423187121
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English