Honky Tonk Kat
The formidable Kat Colorado, "the quintessential female P.I."(Booklist), comes to the aid of a childhood friend in Karen Kijewski'slatest--and best--thriller, set against the backdrop of Nashville's countrymusic scene. In the age of tabloid TV, talk-show mania, and crazed paparazzi, it'shardly unusual to hear of a celebrity being harassed by an overzealous fan.But when superstar country entertainer Dakota Jones begins receivingthreatening letters, then finds dead roses on her bed, she fears it's not thework of your run-of-the-mill kook. At Dakota's urging, Kat joins her friend'stour to investigate the case. Dakota's concerned, but Kat is genuinely scared--she's seen this kind of thing before. As the pranks escalate into full-fledgedviolence, from explosions to murder, the threat to Dakota's personal safetybecomes dire. Kat urges her friend to cut back on her performances and stayout of the limelight to protect herself and her crew. Meanwhile, Kat digs deep into their shared past, searching for clues anda lead on possible suspects. There seems to be no shortage of potentialstalkers, and even Dakota's extended family is not above Kat's scrutiny,especially when long-lost relations turn up like so much loose change.There's a mysterious cousin with designs on a music career of her own; aboyfriend whose interests are not entirely altruistic; and Dakota's ex-husband, a bitter alcoholic whose own career faded as her star began to rise.It appears everyone has a claim to Dakota the celebrity--and it's up to Kat toprotect Dakota the woman, her friend. Packed with the energy and excitement of the country music world andpopulated with a cast of richly drawn characters, Honky Tonk Katexplores the nature of fame, celebrity, and the meaning of friendship whiletreating fans to the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime.
New York : Putnam, c1996.