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Set in Hollywood, The Bad Always Die Twice is the first of a wildly entertaining series set amidst the bright lights, big egos, and Botoxed brows of Hollywood. It is partly the glitz and glamour of Jackie Collins novels and partly the LA streets of hard-boiled James Ellroy. Who better to tell this tale than Cheryl Crane, daughter of Hollywood legend Lana Turner and actor-restaurateur Joseph Stephen Crane? Cheryl was involved in the Johnny Stompanato scandal of the same period. She allegedly killed the hoodlum because he threatened to kill her mother.

This mystery features Nikki Harper, the daughter of a screen goddess, who is raised in a completely dysfunctional home populated by a cast of crazies but who did not follow in her mother’s footsteps. Instead, Nikki is a real estate agent who wants a quiet, comfortable life with a little love and happiness thrown in.

Up until now, Nikki always thought that dead meant dead. But then, film icon Rex March turns up freshly murdered in the bed of Nikki’s best friend after being reported dead six months ago. A little distrustful of law enforcement, Nikki feels compelled to solve the murder on her own. Her acquaintances range from the pinnacle of Hollywood royalty to the bottom of Tinseltown’s barrel, including a not-so-grieving widow, a conniving younger lover, a best friend with secrets, a jilted mistress, a “closeted” confidante, a wacky neighbor, and a scheming business partner. Rex has a gaping hole where his eye used to be, and Nikki knows a lot of people with motives for the murder. The killer is getting ready for a repeat performance, so Nikki must act fast before her own screen fades to black.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cheryl Crane has written a superb mystery: rich in milieu, deep in plot twists, constant in the exercise of suspense and surprise. This book is a veritable primer on why people read and love crime fiction.”

    James Ellroy

  • “In The Bad Always Die Twice, Cheryl Crane has written what should have been the final role of her mother Lana Turner’s career. Bravo! I sure hope they make a movie out of this very entertaining book.”

    John Waters, American filmmaker, actor, and writer

  • “A good plot with a twist, and some very clever Hollywood insider bits.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Crane, the daughter of movie icon Lana Turner, makes her promising fiction debut with the first in a new series featuring Hollywood realtor Nikki Harper...amusing and ingenious.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dona | 10/19/2011

    " Just OK. I understand this is going to be a continuing character (Nikki Harper) daughter of a retired famous filmstar (interesting because of course Cheryl Crane is the daughter of Lana Turner.) I doubt if I'll read any more from her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 6/3/2011

    " I had a great time reading this "traditional mystery" garbed in Hollywood style. The protagonist is a winner, the plot is well above average, and my weekend lightened right up. Way to go, Cheryl Crane! "

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About the Author
Author Cheryl Crane

Cheryl Crane is the author of the Nikki Harper novels The Bad Always Die Twice and Imitation of Death, as well as the autobiography Detour: A Hollywood Story. She also cocompiled an illustrated biography of her mother titled Lana: The Memories, the Myths, and the Movies. Today, she is a realtor in Palm Springs, California.