The Hurricane Blonde

Halley Sutton

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Book cover for The Hurricane Blonde

The Hurricane Blonde

The Hurricane Blonde

Halley Sutton

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"A murder mystery that feels as magnetic, timeless, and inextricable from Hollywood legend as the Black Dahlia . . . There's no one better at writing the dark side of Hollywood than Halley Sutton." --Ashley Winstead, author of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife

Salma Lowe, progeny of Hollywood royalty and a once-promising child actor, spends her days as a guide for the Stars Six Feet Under tour, leading tourists through Los Angeles's star-studded avenues to sites where actresses of the past met untimely ends. Salma knows better than anyone that a tragic death is the surest path to stardom. Her sister, Tawney, viciously dubbed the "Hurricane Blonde," was murdered in the nineties, the case never solved and, to Salma's ire, indefinitely closed . . . until Salma stumbles upon a dead body mid-tour, on the property where her sister once lived, at the precise scene of her sister's demise. Even more uncanny: the deceased woman also looks like Tawney.

The police are convinced this woman's death was an accident--but Salma is haunted by the investigation's echoes of her own past. What if this woman's murder points to Tawney's killer? Launching her own investigation, Salma plunges back into the salacious but seductive world of Hollywood. And what she'll find is that old secrets may just be worth killing for.

About the Author

Halley Sutton the author of The Lady Upstairs. A writer and editor, she is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a master's degree in writing from Otis College of Art and Design.

Critical Reviews

One of Paste Magazine's Must-Read Thrillers of Summer 2023

"[Sutton] gives readers the twists and turns expected of the genre while also offering a wonderful portrayal of L.A. over the years that's reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . . Sophomore novels can be tough to pull off, but Sutton's is a stunner--in Technicolor." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"While the twisty, L.A. true crime-like story [is] enough of a hook, Sutton's critique of toxic Hollywood culture add[s] a bow to this splashy noir bubbling with rage." --The Seattle Times

"Enthralling . . . Sutton indicts our culture for its fixation on beautiful young women who died at the hands of others." --The New York Times Book Review

"Is a tragic death the only way to cement one's legacy in Hollywood? Halley Sutton delivers a twisty rumination of this question." --PopSugar

"The dark side of Hollywood is exposed alongside the glitz and glamour in Sutton's second novel. . . . Filled with twists and turns . . . Perfect for book clubs and all public library shelves where thrillers are popular (and where aren't they?)." --Library Journal

"Sutton's gritty sophomore effort...immerses readers in the underbelly of Hollywood....[The] atmosphere, plus intriguing true Hollywood lore about Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate, and other stars who've died tragically, keeps the pages turning. This is an acid-washed treat for fans of L.A. noir." --Publishers Weekly

"Sexy, twisted and dark, The Hurricane Blonde is both a gripping thriller and a scathing indictment of the industry of celebrity. Halley Sutton nails modern Hollywood Noir." --Janelle Brown, author of I'll Be You

"The Hurricane Blonde is a stunning achievement. Sutton has managed to create a murder mystery that feels as magnetic, timeless, and inextricable from Hollywood legend as the Black Dahlia. And yet Hurricane is more than simply a tragedy about a beautiful woman on the silver screen who met a grisly end--it's also, profoundly, a book about ruinous grief and letting go of the myths that have harmed us, as individuals and as a culture, no matter how glittering those myths may be. There's no one better at writing the dark side of Hollywood than Halley Sutton."
--Ashley Winstead, author of The Last Housewife

"The Hurricane Blonde is a vivid, chilling noir steeped in L.A. sunshine and Hollywood lore. Sutton gives us a backstage pass to a former child actor's investigation of her sister's death--revealing a world that is both ruthlessly cruel and dazzlingly irresistible." --Sara Sligar, author of Take Me Apart

"The Hurricane Blonde is the biting, brilliant nepo baby noir you didn't know you needed. Halley Sutton's sophomore thriller reads like a riveting true-crime tour with your smartest, most macabre friend, rendered with such evocative detail that you'll feel California sun on your face and feminist rage in your heart with every turn of the page." --Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

"The Hurricane Blonde is a splashy thrill ride through the dark side of Hollywood. Sutton has delivered a glitzy noir and a gripping crime story. Empowering, engaging, and a worthy addition to the Los Angeles canon." --Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women and Sing Her Down

"If Hollywood Babylon had a hook, it would be The Hurricane Blonde. Peopled with all the heroes and villains you think you know, this engrossing thriller captures LA in all her guises and packs a chilling message about the inherent victimhood of female stardom." --Eliza Jane Brazier, author of Girls and Their Horses

"Sutton's incisive writing captures both the allure and dark side of LA. A must-read for anyone drawn to Hollywood true crime." --Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming

Previous Praise for Halley Sutton

"A racy and hard-to-put-down piece of neo-noir." --Washington Post

"Sutton's assured and moody prose often channels the best classic LA noir, but this deliciously tawdry and twisty tale is entirely her own. Readers who savor crime stories featuring complex, unapologetic women will be hooked. A scorching, knockout noir from an author to watch." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Halley Sutton's The Lady Upstairs feels like an instant classic...[and] full of shocking twists and turns that will leave you gasping -- and turning the pages." --Popsugar

"Halley Sutton skillfully melds a feminist noir approach with a contemporary femme fatale in her debut...Sutton's sharp prose and keen eye for noir situations elevate The Lady Upstairs." --Shelf Awareness

"Come for the atmosphere; stay for the clever twists." --CrimeReads

Publishing Information

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pub date: 2023-08-08
Length: 384 pages

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