Dream of Fair Woman by Charlotte Armstrong
A nameless woman arrives in L.A., only to fall into a coma and be positively identified as three completely different people, in this twist-filled thriller.
She arrived at Peggy Cuneen’s Los Angeles boarding house with no ID. She asked for a room, fell asleep silently, and has yet to wake up. Even doctors are baffled. The only thing they know for sure is there are no signs of physical illness and no evidence of bodily trauma. In fact, she’s so flawlessly perfect it’s as if she’s been wrapped in cellophane her entire life.
When her picture hits the newspapers, she’s positively identified—by three claimants who all have different stories. One swears she’s his niece, a runaway heiress. Another, that she’s a renowned mystic popular in religious circles. And the third, a frantic mother insisting the Jane Doe’s her daughter, who came to Hollywood looking for fame and subsequently disappeared.
Are they lying? Mistaken? In denial? Or is it something more insidious? As a protective infatuation turns to obsession, Peggy’s son, Matt, is desperate to find out, but his investigation only yields a stunning new piece of the puzzle.
From the Edgar Award–winning novelist who “registers the cold blue shadow cast by Southern California’s sunny promise,” Dream of Fair Woman is a brilliant and chilling suspense novel (L.A. Weekly).
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