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Product Details

  • Series: A Nina Zero Novel
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416585222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416585220
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Eversz hits the jackpot in his fifth Nina Zero mystery (after 2005's Digging James Dean) as his Hollywood tabloid photographer with the unsavory past confronts various challenges and emerges irrevocably changed but still standing. Nina (née Mary Alice Baker) is on the cusp of a breakthrough—an exhibition of her edgy photography at an art gallery—when she receives what appears to be a snuff film, whose victim has a Betty Boop tattoo exactly like one borne by Nina's featured model. Nina's quest for a killer sucks her into a maelstrom of perversion, crime and corruption. The fundamentally decent Nina has a toe in the "normal" world, but her status as an ex-con and parolee, her issues with her estranged and abusive father, even her fragile relationship with her young niece, all threaten to pull her back into the muck. This compelling, nerve-wracking, draining novel will leave readers hungry for the next in the series. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

In this fifth entry in the Nina Zero series, the ex-con paparazza is nervously anticipating an art-gallery exhibition of her serious work--photographs of staged tableaux carefully composed to look like the photos that typically grace the pages of the tabloids, depicting a blond bombshell in scandalous scenes involving sex, drugs, and guns. Then life mirrors art when Nina receives a sadomasochistic snuff film starring her young model. Although Nina is on parole and can be sent back to jail for even the smallest infraction, she launches an investigation into the model's death, which leads to a phone-sex company, a past-life regression therapist, and a Hollywood producer with enough money to indulge his taste for kinky sex while enjoying the protection of the LAPD. In between bursts of explosive action, Nina mentors her punky niece; babies her beloved, toothless rottweiler; forges a tenuous connection with her formerly alcoholic, abusive father; and hooks up with a sexy detective. Nina's terse, tough-girl patter is irresistible, and her street-smart, humorous take on love and life makes for addictive reading. Joanne Wilkinson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Eresman on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read a review of this book in some publication, and as it sounded like the sort of thing I might like I requested it from my local library. While I waited for it to become available, I pulled out a different Nina Zero novel (Burning Garbo) and read that. I realized that I liked the author's writing so much that I went back to the beginning, found all of the Nina Zero novels and read the series start to finish (Zero to the Bone being the latest.) They were all well worth a read.

If you like mystery/crime fiction with strong female protagonists you will like Nina. Her life as a kid was a very tough one. It has not gotten easier as an adult. She is a papparaza who repeatedly finds herself embroiled in various crimes and misdemeanors as part of her job. That's all I'll give away. You need to read it yourself. She is an engaging character and I consider Eversz a very fine discovery,indeed. I'll be anxiously awaiting his next Nina Zero book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snowbrocade VINE VOICE on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nina Zero is an artist-excon whose violent child hood has turned her into a woman who uses violence to solve her problems. The lack of impulse control seems hereditary as her father and her niece's lack of foresight plummet her into as much trouble as her own ill-considered decisions. While Nina serves the cause of truth in her role as a scandal rag photographer, she is unscrupulous in her methods.

Despite this Nina is a sympathetic character who one wishes would stay out of trouble. Unfortunately her proclivity for unprotected sex and assaulting people with weapons makes her prone to trouble.

The backdrop for Nina's escapades is the art scene and porn industry in Los Angeles. Eversz prose is superior; but he gets a little flamboyant in plot creation.
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Format: Hardcover
"Zero to the Bone" was my introduction to Mary Alice Baker a.k.a. Nina Zero, the savvy, sexy, complex protagonist of author Robert Eversz's mystery series, ("Shooting Elvis," Digging James Dean"). Ms Zero, in this her fifth outing, is a paparazzi for LA's ignominious tabloid, The Scandal Times, and an ex-con out on parole. She solves murder cases as a hobby. Unfortunately, as with many series novels, there are numerous references to the protagonist's past. In "Zero to the Bone," the author alludes to so many incidents in Nina's earlier life, from prior works, that even though he includes some background information, I really felt left out - like I should go back and read books one through four to thoroughly understand the heroine and this particular plot. I enjoyed Nina as a character, (we bonded), but not the storyline. However, Mr. Eversz has my attention and I am now curious enough to read more Nina novels, but that's not the point...right? "Zero to the Bones" should stand alone, unless the reader is informed otherwise. I do not think it fulfills its promise.

Our story opens with Nina's debut as an artiste. She obviously has talent and is showing her very original photographs at the upscale Leonora Price Gallery in Santa Monica. The photos are "staged tableaux carefully composed to look culled from the pages of the National Enquirer" - in other words, arty Hollywood pulp! Her two main models, blonde, wholesome looking Christine, and Nephthys, a kind of "punk Barbara Stanwyck type," are scheduled to accompany her to the opening, along with her trusty bodyguard The Rott, a toothless but formidable Rottweiler, and teenage niece Cassie. A plus - the crowd likes the work. Even her parole officer appreciates it.
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