St. Martin's, Apr 2003, 13.95, 310 pp.
When Nina Zero was Mary Alice Baker she swears she was a good girl. A stud here and a stud there turned her into what she is today. Finally after serving five years for blowing up a section of LAX airport that she insists was an accident Nina is paroled.
Unable to obtain work and written off as a terrorist by friends and family, Nina agrees to marry English photographer Gabriel Burns for two thousand dollars and a weekend in Vegas so that the Paparazzi can obtain a green card. Nina takes pictures of a heavy-metal band electrocuted in a hotel hot tub that she sells to an agency. This gives her the impetus to start a new career as a paparazzi. However, when her new husband's body is found battered, Nina resolves to find the killer. Is Los Angeles big enough to handle a Nina earthquake off the Richter Scale?
KILLING PAPARAZZI is a visual satire that leaves few prisoners as much of Southern California media life is exposed to humorous ridicule. The story line tosses rocks at many an icon as Nina does what she does best, cause havoc. However, this mystery is not for everyone because the plot and its references to the previous tale SHOOTING ELVIS loses some of its off the wall edge as it will remind much of the audience of 9/11.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner