Simon & Schuster, Oct 2003, 23.00, 288 pp.
Paparazzi Nina Zero needs a break to change her finances that live up to her name. She decides to make one for herself by photographing the Hollywood legendary recluse, Angela Doubleday. A picture of Angela goes for about $50K and Nina plans to obtain that cash.
Nina heads to the Malibu Hills and climbs a barrier to gain entrance to the Doubleday estate. Almost immediately, a man assaults her knocking her out and destroying her camera. When she regains consciousness, Nina sees that the Doubleday house is on fire and the cops and an arson investigator want to question her as the torch suspect. Nina flees the scene anyway knowing that her parole (see manslaughter in KILLING PAPARAZZI) is shaky and only she has reason to prove her innocence. When a burned to the crisp humans remains are found, Nina knows that she better leave no doubt to her innocence with her only ally Dog the toothless Rottweiler.
The third Zero novel is an exciting Hollywood tale that crime thriller fans will enjoy though not as out of the box as Nina's previous excellent adventures. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as Nina watches her world spin out of control, but refuses to idly wait for the big crunch. Nina remains a strong protagonist, but her fans anticipating the unexpected will find BURNING GARBO a well written sleuthing 101 tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner