A Little Trouble with the Facts: A Novel (Paperback)
Valerie Vane was an up-and-coming lifestyle reporter at a prominent New York City daily. Then she stumbled, rather publicly, and lost it all—her column, her fiancé, her access behind the city's velvet ropes. Now she's on the obituary desk writing death notices, and it feels like a dead end.
However, when she writes about a recently deceased once-famous graffiti artist, the phone calls start. A mysterious voice on the other end of the line tells her the artist's death was a murder—and if she were a real reporter, she'd investigate.
But can Valerie trade her stilettos for gumshoes?
Nina Siegal received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Fulbright Scholar. She has written for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Amsterdam.
“WHAT YOU’LL LOVE: Siegal’s talent for nailing the details that illuminate an era -- from the mid-’80s art boom to the late ‘90s social swirl -- makes for a transporting read.” — Washington Post
“Witty…Nina Siegal gets it right.” — Page Six, New York Post
“An absorbing tale. Siegal is a delightful writer.” — Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
“Siegal blends glamour and gutter into a delicious cocktail, equal parts behind-the-scenes dish and crime novel.” — Publishers Weekly
“A great read.” — Quick and Simple Magazine
“Siegal has subtly rejuvinated the (noir) genre.” — Brooklyn Rail Magazine
“More proof that the hardboiled novel is alive and kicking: a novel that is both thrilling to read and beautifully written. Smart, fast, funny!” — Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits and Daughter's Keeper
“A novel as rich as it is eminently readable. Good luck putting A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THE FACTS down for the night.” — Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of WHAT SHE SAW and WHY SHE WENT HOME
“I know I’m only the first of many readers who will fall in love with Valerie Vane, irresistible heroine of Nina Siegal’s wonderfully witty novel. A compulsively readable debut.” — Margot Livesey, author of BANISHING VERONA, EVA MOVES THE FURNITURE, and THE MISSING WORLD
“Valerie Vane is the best thing to hit the newspaper biz since Rosalind Russell cracked wise with Cary Grant. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s sexy.” — James Hynes, author of THE LECTURER'S TALE, KINGS OF INFINITE SPACE, and PUBLISH AND PERISH: THREE TALES OF TENURE AND TERROR
“An exceptionally well-written record of one woman’s quest for personal and professional identity. Siegal very skillfully dramatizes the styles of street artists, popular and classical art, and, most important of all, the bureaucratic tensions between the various departments of a major newspaper.” — James A. McPherson, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for the collection of short stories, Elbow Room
Great Debuts of 2008: “A combination of chick lit and crime fiction, this book transcends those genres with its sassy, witty prose and urban art-based plot.” — Rocky Mountain News