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Once on the fast track to success, Helen Hawthorne is now going nowhere fast. She traded in her chic life for a shabby one. And now she's on the run, jumping from city to city and dead-end job to dead-end job, trying to stay one step ahead of her past... After two weeks as the new salesclerk at Juliana's, Fort Lauderdale's ultra-exclusive clothing boutique, Helen still feels out of fashion. And since the only crime likely to be committed around here is being old-or worse, looking old-Helen figures she's safe. Until she discovers the manager has been embezzling money and selling designer drugs along with the designer clothes. Add murder to the mix-and Helen's dead-end job is downright deadly.
Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, baby-sitter, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket. She is an At-Large Delegate for the Mystery Writers of America, a past president of the Florida chapter, and on the national board of Sisters in Crime. Also the author of four acclaimed mysteries featuring Francesca Vierling, Elaine lives in Hollywood, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw. Please visit her Web site at www.elaineviets.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.