Star Light, Star Bright by Stanley Ellin

Star Light, Star Bright by Stanley Ellin

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From a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master: A Manhattan PI heads to Florida to deal with movie stars, a mysterious guru, and murder

New York City private eye John Milano’s new client is an old flame—and the fire is still burning in Miami Beach. It wasn’t too many years ago that superstar Sharon Bauer dumped John for an aged and infirm billionaire at the instruction of her very persuasive yogi, Kalos, renowned master of “The Path.” Following Kalos’s advice was practically a guarantee of enlightenment for his receptive disciple. But now, the only thing Sharon is feeling is terror.

It’s not until John arrives at Sharon’s lavish Florida compound that he realizes her fears aren’t just another performance. A fun weekend house party with Hollywood friends has turned into an intimate mystery: Kalos has received a series of unnerving and anonymous notes threatening his life. Though John can’t bear the sight of the influential mystic, he’s agreed to protect him, for Sharon’s sake. But he soon learns that Kalos isn’t the only target. Nor is he the only guest to harbor buried secrets and mortal enemies. In fact, Sharon’s past is littered with them. And when a sudden death shakes the well-guarded estate, John and Sharon know they’re about to follow a path that’s a lot more permanent than spiritual nirvana.

Star Light, Star Bright is a “richly entertaining” crime novel from an Edgar Award–winning master of suspense (Miami Herald).

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