The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton
The Lady Upstairs is the twisty noir I needed in 2020!
Jo was recruited by Lou to blackmail the Hollywood elite: the lecherous movie producers, actors, and politicians are brought down with scandalous photos that they’re willing to pay big money to keep hush hush. Their boss, known only as The Lady Upstairs, carefully chooses the targets and pockets a large portion of the pay-out.
Jo and Lou keep an office to appear as a respectable staffing agency; no questions are asked about the women coming and going throughout the day.
Things go sideways when a target is murdered and suddenly the LAPD is breathing down Jo’s neck. She’s failed to mention to Lou that she used the hush money for the cops to pay off a working girl involved in their scam.
Realizing she knows nothing about The Lady Upstairs and that she’s in big trouble, Jo has to figure out a way to outsmart The Lady to free herself and Lou. She’ll take one last mark – a rising politician – behind the Lady’s back in order to pay off her debts and get the hell out of town before she goes down for murder.
This was seriously an amazing contemporary noir with plenty of secrets, lies, and double-dealing; it’s dark, smart, and sexy! I enjoyed every page of this story and can’t wait to see what Halley Sutton offers readers next!
Huge thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review. The Lady Upstairs is scheduled for release on November 17, 2020.