Wanting Sheila Dead

Wanting Sheila Dead

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When an infamously offensive reality show personality is targeted by a thief who steals millions in jewelry from her home and leaves her unconscious beside the murdered body of a local girl, retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian struggles to identify a culprit among numerous suspects.

McMillan Palgrave
“Haddam manages to produce each time a layered, richly peopled, and dryly witty book with a plot of mind-bending complexity.”

—Houston Chronicle on Glass Houses
Sheila Dunham is a gossip columnist’s dream—she’s famous, loud and, to most who meet or see her, deeply offensive. As a result, she’s been fired from every job on television she’s ever had—first as a serious journalist, then as a personality, finally as a reality show judge. Now she’s producing and hosting her own reality show, “America’s Next Top Anchor,” shot in her hometown of New Fenwick, Connecticut. Everyone she employs is terrified of her; everyone one else hates her. And everybody seems to want Sheila dead.

Finally it seems someone has decided to try. After millions of dollars of jewels are stolen from her home, she is found beaten into unconciousness, next to the murdered body of a local girl. If nothing else, her show’s ratings are going to improve.

Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, is already scheduled to appear on her show but he’s going to consult on the biggest murder case to hit that part of Connecticut since the Revolutionary War. But how do you narrow down the suspects when the victim was hated by everyone?


Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312380878
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HAD
Characteristics: 340 p. ;,25 cm.

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maipenrai
Dec 05, 2016

(Book 25 in the Gregor Demarkian series)

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Palomino
Apr 15, 2011

Always so current. And yet, our hero is so old-fashioned and out of touch in other ways. I like how this is about the story, not the detective himself, who kind of muddles through things uncomfortably and somehow makes you feel stupid at the end for not seeing what was really going on.

Oh, it's about girls trying out for some horrid-sounding reality elimination TV show, and it's about how society perceives and treats sick old ladies.

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