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The Bad Always Die Twice

(2011)
(The first book in the Nikki Harper mystery series)
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Set in Hollywood, The Bad Always Die Twice is the first of a wildly entertaining series set amidst the bright lights, big egos, and Botoxed brows of Hollywood. It is partly the glitz and glamour of Jackie Collins novels and partly the LA streets of hard-boiled James Ellroy.

Who better to tell this tale than Cheryl Crane, daughter of Hollywood legend Lana Turner and actor-restaurateur Joseph Stephen Crane? Cheryl was involved in the Johnny Stompanato scandal of the same period. She allegedly killed the hoodlum because he threatened to kill her mother.

This mystery features Nicki Harper, the daughter of a screen goddess, who is raised in a completely dysfunctional home populated by a cast of crazies but who did not follow in her mother's footsteps. Instead, Nikki is a real estate agent who wants a quiet, comfortable life with a little love and happiness thrown in.

Up until now, Nicki always thought that dead meant dead. But then, film icon Rex March turns up freshly murdered in the bed of Nicki's best friend after being reported dead six months ago. A little distrustful of law enforcement, Nicki feels compelled to solve the murder on her own. Her acquaintances range from the pinnacle of Hollywood royalty to the bottom of Tinseltown's barrel, including a not-so-grieving widow, a conniving younger lover, a best friend with secrets, a jilted mistress, a ''closeted'' confidante, a wacky neighbor, and a scheming business partner. Rex has a gaping hole where his eye used to be, and Nicki knows a lot of people with motives for the murder. The killer is getting ready for a repeat performance, so Nicki must act fast before her own screen fades to black.

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

"Cheryl Crane has written a superb mystery: rich in milieu, deep in plot twists, constant in the exercise of suspense and surprise. This book is a veritable primer on why people read and love crime fiction." - James Ellroy


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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 0-7582-5886-0 / 978-0-7582-5886-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice (Nikki Harper)
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 0-7582-5887-9 / 978-0-7582-5887-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice (Library Edition)
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 1-4551-1119-8 / 978-1-4551-1119-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 1-4551-1121-X / 978-1-4551-1121-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 1-4551-1120-1 / 978-1-4551-1120-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
ISBN: 1-4551-1122-8 / 978-1-4551-1122-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bad Always Die Twice (Nikki Harper Mystery)
Author(s): Cheryl Crane
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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