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Secret Identity: A Novel

Alex Segura
In conversation with Steph Cha
March 17, 2022

The bestselling and award-winning writer Alex Segura, the author of five Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery novels and the acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline comics, offers a rollicking new literary mystery set in the world of comic books. Segura’s latest novel, Secret Identity, takes an absorbing look at the 1975 struggling comic book industry. The story follows Carmen Valdez, an assistant at Triumph Comics, which doesn’t have the creative zeal of Marvel nor the buttoned-up efficiency of DC, but it doesn’t matter. Carmen is tantalizingly close to fulfilling her dream of writing a superhero book when one of the Triumph writers enlists her help to create a new character, which they call “The Lethal Lynx,” Triumph’s first female hero. But her colleague is acting strangely and asking to keep her involvement a secret. And then he’s found dead, with all of their scripts turned into the publisher without her name. Carmen is desperate to untangle a web of secrets and hold on to her dreams. Join Segura as he discusses this wildly entertaining mystery with Steph Cha, author of the Juniper Song mystery series and Your House Will Pay, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller.

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