Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father - and soon she is writing them herself, graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination and talent far beyond her years. Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots and themes and characters that fill her mind. Midway through college, she has finished a novel - and manages to find a seasoned agent, then a publisher. But as she climbs the ladder of publishing success, she resolutely adheres to her father's admonition: Men read crime thrillers by men only - and so she publishes under a male pseudonym, her true identity known known only to those closest to her - creating a double life that isolates her. Her secret life - and her own life as a talented young woman - exposes her to the envious, the arrogant and Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is
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