Night Night, Sleep Tight
Morrow, Mar 24 2015, $26.99
Screenwriters Arthur and Gloria Unger were considered among the elite in their profession; but by 1985 the divorced couple could only be involved in a where are they now script. Gloria moved into a desert Buddhist retreat near Twentynine Palms while Arthur kept their Beverly Hills home, but no longer can afford the place. Their crippled (from a car accident) adult daughter Deirdre drives up from San Diego to help her dad sell the house. Instead of her father’s greeting; she, her brother Henry and his two Rottweilers find Arthur dead in his pool.
Over two decades earlier teenager Deirdre’s BFF Joelen Nichol confessed to killing her actress mother Bunny’s abusive boyfriend Tito Acevedo. As the paramedics and cops arrive, Joelen comes insisting she has an appointment with Arthur. Detective Martinez leads the investigation into the unaccompanied death; Deirdre also seeks the truth.
Hallie Ephron writes a gripping whodunit filled with viable twists especially an award winning final spin. As the audience obtains a taste of 1980s and older Hollywood through the key players, the subplots cleverly converge into one of the best mysteries of the year.