Everybody Knows: A Novel of Suspense

by Jordan Harper

Hardcover, 2023

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Mulholland Books (2023), 352 pages


After her boss is gunned down at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Mae Pruett, a "black-bag" publicist working at LA's most powerful crisis PR firm protecting the rich and depraved, decides to investigate, running afoul of the whole system.

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LibraryThing member FerneMysteryReader
Welcome to L.A.

Mandy Mae Pruett from Missouri.
That is the past.
Call her Mae.
Mandy is the name she gave to her dog.
She’s a fixer—a black bag publicist.
In her words, "I am a bullet."
A bullet for Mitnick & Associates, PR crisis management firm.
She was discovered, hired, and mentored by Dan
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3 years later, Dan is dead.

Christopher Peter Tamburro.
Ex-cop is his past.
Ex-cop with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Call him Chris.
Employee of Blackbeard, private security firm.
He’s hired for his fists.
He’s been on the streets. He’s been in jail.
He knows the score.
If he comes for you, you will too.

Mae and Chris have a past with each other too.
But that was then.
This is now.
Lives intermingled again.
For how long?
That’s their story to tell.

Short chapters.
Mae and Chris's POV alternate chapters.
Raw. Gritty. Taut. Edgy. Uncut. Vivid. Revealing. Ripe with flair.
Sharp as a fine-tooth comb untangling the web of secrets.
The secrets behind the headlines.
The stories in all the publicity news sources come to mind.
The truth you read is not always the truth that “Everybody Knows.”

Novel written by Jordan Harper, a writer and producer for television.

Thank you to Mulholland Books and Novel Suspects for the opportunity to read an ARC of this novel.
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LibraryThing member Ronrose1
Everybody Knows, well perhaps not everyone. I started reading this book thinking it would be an interesting mystery, crime novel by an author, Jordan Harper, whose work I had never read before. After reading a few chapters I had to stop. I was entirely put off by the continued use of bad, some
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would say unacceptable or vulgar language used by the characters. Had I known this was a major part of the book I would not have been drawn to it in the first place. Yes I know that the repeated use of this kind of language may seem justified by the type of characters portrayed in the book. It is just not my penchant. I suppose it is true to always test the waters before jumping in. If you can’t judge a book by its cover, perhaps we can by its language. This book was provided for review by #NovelSuspects.
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LibraryThing member rmarcin
Wow, wow, wow! This was an explosive thriller, exposing the dark underbelly of the fast-paced world of Los Angeles and the film industry, drugs, politics, dirty cops, and more. Mae works for a firm that is hired to bury the bad news - actresses and actors who have been caught in poor situations and
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make them go away. But, when her boss comes to her with a proposition, she is intrigued. However, when something happens to him, she strikes out on her own, along with her ex-boyfriend, Chris - an ex-cop, and investigates. What she uncovers is a network of people willing to do anything to win at any cost. The destruction and horror left in their path is frightening. Mae struggles to get out from under it - but can she?
I loved this gritty novel!
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LibraryThing member sblock
If your reaction to an updated verson of LA Confidential (or Chinatown?) is, "yes, please!" you'll love this book. I sure did.
LibraryThing member kevinrtipple
Mae Pruett lives in Los Angeles and does “black-bag” publicity jobs for a crisis management firm in Everybody Knows: A Novel by Jordan Harper. Her job is to keep bad news out of the press at all costs or, at the very least, spin the event or incident into more positive news coverage. Her firm
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shapes the news we see for celebrities. The real facts of the situations, the dirt and what Hollywood does to all involved, especially the kid stars, stays hidden from view.

That is until her boss at Mitnick & Associates is killed in the street in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Mae Pruett was supposed to be meeting him for a drink and to talk. Lucky for her, she was running a few minutes late. So, she missed the shooting in what is now being billed as an attempted carjacking gone wrong. Mae can read between the lines and knows the media story being pushed hard is utter nonsense. She knows because what to look for and who is reporting the stuff. She also knows because Dan was being weird just before he was killed and had some sort of plan to make him and her rich.

She owed Dan for bringing her into the biggest PR firm in the city. She wonders why the machine is working so hard to spin the story. She wonders what he was planning that got him killed. What was he planning? What did he know? She has a couple of ideas and begins to dig. What she finds is the kind of stuff that gives one a waking nightmare if they are not murdered first.

A lot of people will be as Mae uncovers secrets and desperately tries to stay alive.

Everybody Knows: A Novel is a darkly cynical read and a commentary on pop culture and the entertainment industry. It is a complex and noir style mystery tale where evil almost always wins out in the end simply because so many are employed to make sure that happens. It is also one of those books that one wonders how many names have been changed to protect the scumbags among us?

It is also one heck of a complicated read that is well worth your time. Everybody Knows: A Novel easily makes my top five book list of reads so far this year. It packs quite a punch from beginning to end. It might also make you think twice the next time you see a story on a celebrity.

My reading copy came from the Central or Downtown Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2023
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LibraryThing member clrichm
Not my cup of tea at all. I suppose it could be someone's, but even the shotgun-terse writing style became aggravating for me to read, and that's before we even get into the story being written. I never really managed to fully sympathize with either Mae or Chris, whose tainted motivations made even
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the good they tried to do feel rotten. Not for me at all.
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LibraryThing member pgchuis
I enjoyed the first half of this more than the second. Mae's work for a crisis management/PR firm was really interesting, although increasingly morally dubious. Then there was Chris, an ex-police officer, whose unit had become more or less a gang in itself, and now working as a sort of enforcer for
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a security firm. Somehow the author made me warm to them. They gradually realize how far their employers are connected and controlling of the movie industry in LA. The second half was more of a thriller and interested me less.
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LA Times Book Prize (Finalist — Mystery/Thriller — 2023)
Anthony Award (Nominee — 2024)
Lefty Award (Finalist — 2024)




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