I grew up in LA. It’s my town, a town of second chances where people reinvent themselves and start over. Like me. I recently changed careers. Last year I was given the chance to go from my job as a sales executive to that of a reporter at the radio station where I work. It’s my dream job, but like all jobs, it comes with challenges. My challenge is my boss Tyler Hunt, a five-foot-four boy wonder who refers to me the World’s Oldest Cub Reporter and has his doubts about my abilities.
This morning, Tyler called me at five a.m. Police helicopters were reporting a body dump up on Mulholland, and he needed me up there ASAP. Recently there’s been a string of missing girls. Most of them drawn to the glitz and glamor of the city. I know because I’ve been reporting on them, Hollywood wannabes who come to find their future on the big screen and disappear. But today’s missing girl report was different. This one was coming with a body.
My job was to make sense of a brutal murder. I needed to report on the findings of fact. Was this morning’s discovery related to that of the other missing girls? She was young and attractive and dressed like she had been out clubbing. Could she have been like the others? Drawn to the excitement of LA’s night life and met up with the wrong person? Would the other missing girls also show up as body dumps? Was there a serial murderer, targeting young woman, working the club scene?
The police didn’t think so. In a city of thirteen million people young actress-types come and go. Not many end up in body bags. But I wasn’t so sure. Then Tyler assigned me to another story. Another missing blonde, he said. This one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Someone has stolen Marilyn Monroe’s star.
My day has gone from a grisly murder to that of misdemeanor and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee. This is my world. I’m Carol Childs, thirty-nine, a single working mom, and today things are about to turn ugly, fast.
You can read more about Carol in Beyond A Doubt, the second book in the “Carol Childs” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Shadow of Doubt.
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About the author
Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio help her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001 she retired from news and copywriting to write fiction fulltime. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some Los Angeles busiest radio newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have won awards &/or been picked up for publication. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010. Visit Nancy at www.nancycolesilverman.com