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If You Like . . . Nina Zero Booklist Nina Zero is Robert Eversz's creation - formerly known as Mary Alice Baker (children's photographer) she evolved into noirish Nina Zero, an ex-con who works as a celebrity paparazza. Trouble follows her . .

This booklist features novels (mostly crime fiction) which may include: a tough, troubleprone, street-wise heroine, punk or tart noir elements, satire, humor and offbeat characters.

 

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


Additional Reading Lists: If You Like Janet Evanovich | Hollywood/ Film Stars

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  • Like a Hole in the Head
    Author: Banbury, Jen
    Publisher: Little Brown Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 1316171107 Date: 1998
  • Little White Car
    Author: de Rhodes, Danuta
    Publisher: Canongate $ 21ISBN: 1841955892 Date: 2004
    After an argument with her artistically elitist boyfriend, a young Parisian woman and her best friend hop into her white Fiat Uno and take off on a wild road trip.
  • Tart Noir
    Author: Duffy, Stella (ed)
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 13 ISBN: 0425186431 Date: 2002
  • Shooting Elvis
    Author: Eversz, Robert
    Publisher: Grove $ 21 ISBN: 0802115829 Date: 1996
    After delivering a package to Los Angeles International Airport and, in the process, accidentally blowing it up, Mary Alice Baker finds herself wanted by the FBI as a psycho terrorist and pursued by a mysterious pair of sadistic thugs.

  • Killing Paparazzi
    Author: Eversz, Robert
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312289022 Date: 2002
    After the electrocution deaths of members of the heavy metal group Death Row in a hotel hot tub, Nina Zero takes up a new career as a paparazza, but she soon discovers that the glamour of her new job is being tarnished by someone out to kill all the paparazzi in Los Angeles.

  • Burning Garbo
    Author: Eversz, Robert
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743250133 Date: 2003
    With the noir-inflected wit of a modern-day Chandler, Eversz returns with a harrowing thriller featuring his scathingly funny, whip-smart heroine Nina Zero. Fans of classic noir will love this stylish thriller and its vibrant, believable anti-heroine.
  • Digging James Dean
    Author: Eversz, Robert
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 22 ISBN: 074325015X Date: 2005
    Who’s digging up the bodies of America’s dead celebrities? Whip-smart heroine Nina Zero plunges into events so bizarrely violent they could only happen in LA. - Publisher Marketing.
  • Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys
    Author: Garcia, Eric
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060730315 Date: 2004
    Sex and the City meets Misery in this shockingly funny, original, dead-on satire of the dating scene in Los Angeles.
  • Black Rubber Dress
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Crown $ 13.95 ISBN: 0609804383 Date: 1999
    Wearing an impossible-to-ignore, black rubber dress, artist-turned-sleuth Sam Jones manages to attract both trouble and men. When she catches the eye of a successful young banker, she finds herself in a world of drugs, blackmail and murder.
  • Freeze My Margarita: Sam Jones
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Crown $ 13 ISBN: 060980684x Date: 1999
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  • Strawberry Tattoo: Sam Jones
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Crown $ 12.95 ISBN: 0609806858 Date: 2000
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  • Chained: Sam Jones
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 12.95 ISBN: 0609808656 Date: 2002
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  • Pretty Boy: Sam Jones
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 12.95 ISBN: 0609808664 Date: 2002
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  • Learning To Fly
    Author: Henry, April
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290527 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLJ
    The chaotic scene of a huge chain-reaction car accident leaves Free Maker in possession of a bag of money and a dead hitchhiker in the passenger seat. But when the owner of the money realizes that it didn't burn up in the fire, things get complicated.
  • No Human Involved: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312156146 Date: 1997

  • No Offense Intended: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 0060192127 Date: 1999

  • Unwanted Company: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 0060192135 Date: 2000

  • Unfinished Business: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743212665 Date: 2001
    A lady auto mechanic with a colorful past, Munch is drawn into the search for a rapist who works the Brentwood section of Los Angeles using electrical shocks to manipulate his victims.

  • No Man Standing: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743213866 Date: 2002
    From a former bike chick turned mechanic and nationally bestselling author comes a gritty, dynamic new Munch Mancini mystery. Dealing with a mechanic's job, single motherhood, and her fledgling limo business, Munch Mancini is drawn into a one-woman mission to bring a killer to justice.

  • Unpaid Dues: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743245008 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Hailed for her gritty style and memorable, realistic characters--outlaws, junkies, bikers, and other rebels who often operate on the shadowy periphery of society--Seranella lives up to her acclaimed reputation in this latest crime novel featuring Miranda "Munch" Mancini.

  • Unwilling Accomplice: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074324558x Date: 2004
    starPW
    Bestselling author Seranella pits her charismatic heroine against a puzzling organized crime ring involving exploited children, burglary and murder in this seventh installment of the Munch Mancini series.

  • Easy Money
    Author: Siler, Jenny
    Publisher: Holt Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0805060251 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Reaching back to uncover a brilliantly concealed operation during the Vietnam War, ducking into drug dens, and blazing across the country, Jenny Siler weaves a devastating tale of death and deception in her dazzling debut novel.
  • Easy Money
    Author: Siler, Jenny
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805060251 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Reaching back to uncover a brilliantly concealed operation during the Vietnam War, ducking into drug dens, and blazing across the country, Jenny Siler weaves a devastating tale of death and deception in her dazzling debut novel.
  • Iced
    Author: Siler, Jenny
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805064389 Date: 2001
    Former con Meg Gardner is now a repo lady in Missoula, Montana, trying to get her life together. A new boyfriend and a cozy cottage help--until she picks up a Jeep Cherokee belonging to a murdered man. A briefcase in the Jeep is the catalyst that sets off a chain of events that leads Meg into a dangerous web of infidelity, greed, and murder.
  • Shot
    Author: Siler, Jenny
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805072039 Date: 2002
    Trying to determine the truth about her husband's death, headstrong Lucy Greene stumbles on dangerous secrets about a government-sponsored biological warfare program that has maimed her past and threatens her future.
  • Flashback
    Author: Siler, Jenny
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 080507211x Date: 2004
    Desperately searching for a way to recover her memory, a young American woman on the run must unlock a terrible secret from her past. Within scenes of heart-stopping terror, Siler's lyrical writing and memorable images stand out. As Marilyn Stasio said of Easy Money in "The New York Times Book Review," Siler's is "a voice that gets your attention like a rifle shot."

Seeing Stars

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.

2012 Lists

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