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25 mars 2014 Vintage
From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off. 
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.


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Traffic was already a nightmare by the time Veronica dropped her dad off at home and headed back out toward Mars Inves­tigations. Spring break had descended on Neptune in all its bacchanalian glory, and even though the worst of it choked the beaches and boardwalks, the party had spread inland, creeping up through the commercial districts and the historic downtown blocks. The drunk and disoriented glutted the bars, restaurants, and shops all over town, even at noon on a Monday. It’d already been going on for more than a week, and it wouldn’t slow up until mid­-April—there were hundreds of colleges within driving distance, each with its own spring break dates.
Veronica glanced in her rearview mirror. Traffic stretched as far as she could see, motionless in the sun. The sidewalks were crawling with undergrads, shouting at their friends, lifting glass bottles in impromptu toasts. Apparently Neptune’s public consumption laws were being selectively enforced. But that was par for the course during the three-­week spring break season—money talked in Neptune, and no one heard it louder or clearer than Sheriff Dan Lamb. He spent most of the year chasing “undesirables” (translation: anyone flirting with the poverty line) off the streets, only to turn a blind eye to binge­-drinking eighteen­-year­-olds descending en masse.
Someone laid on his horn. A girl with feather hair extensions leaned down into the gutter to vomit, then straightened up and kept walking as if nothing had happened. A cluster of bikini­-clad girls on roller skates tripped laughing across the road while several boys stood on the sidewalk filming them with their cell phones. She sighed and fiddled with the radio dial. She’d let Keith man the stations on the way home and now Blue Öyster Cult blared from the speakers, the cowbell ringing loud and proud. Five hundred stations on this thing and he went straight to 1976. There’s no help for some people. She played idly with the controls, looking for something to pass the time.
“I can tell you one thing: I wouldn’t let my daughter go to Neptune for spring break.”
Veronica paused. She knew that voice right away: Trish Turley, big, blond, and Texan, sounded like an avenging fury cutting across the airwaves. Her TV show ran daily on CNN, and Neptune’s local talk radio streamed the audio.
“I mean, the place is just a pressure cooker of hormones, drugs, and alcohol. Kids these days aren’t taught to respect their own limits. And have you seen the way these girls act?” You could practically see Trish Turley shaking her head in approbation. “All you have to do is look up Neptune in your World Wide Web and you’ll find video upon video of them showing their breasts for free beer. And then we’re shocked when someone gets hurt.”
Ah, the twin pillars of outrage journalism: slut shaming and victim blaming. Trish Turley liked to call herself a “victim’s rights” advocate, but anytime she could turn an eye on the general decay of society (as witnessed through WASP­-colored glasses), she made sure to cover all the bases. The corruption of youth? Check. Amoral decadence? Check. Missing white girl? Yahtzee.
But even Veronica had to admit that it was disturbing how little difference eighteen­-year­-old Hayley Dewalt’s disappearance had made to the festivities. The news had hit that weekend: Hayley, down with friends from UC Berkeley, had been missing for almost a week. But you’d never have guessed it from the air of celebration hanging over the town. The bass pounded on and the beer still flowed freely. She wasn’t sure what the reaction to one of their own vanishing into thin air should be, but the spring breakers’ blind and blissful determination to carry on as if nothing bad could happen to them surprised even her. She wasn’t sure she’d ever had that invincible, indestructible air, even when she’d been younger.
“And then there’s this Keystone Kop sheriff.”
That caught her attention. She turned the radio up a little.
“This Dan Lamb character? What a joker. Who goes on national TV in the post–Natalee Holloway world to say we shouldn’t worry about a missing teenaged girl? I hope that the Dewalt family has a good lawyer on the books. A lawsuit might just get Lamb’s attention.”
A slow smile spread over Veronica’s face. Trish, Trish, Trish. We have so little in common, and yet suddenly I have a powerful urge to kiss you. She’d been watching Lamb for the past few months, waiting for any opportunity to nail him to the wall—but if he kept this up, he’d do it himself.
The video Veronica had sent to TMZ had started the ball rolling, of course. She’d caught Lamb on tape talking about the Bonnie DeVille murder case, saying, “I don’t care if Logan Echolls ain’t the guy. America thinks he’s guilty and that’s good enough for me.” That little snippet had hit the airwaves hard. Lamb had an election in eight months, and for the first time his reelection was a less­-than­-sure bet. The town’s wealthiest residents still supported him—Lamb looked after their interests, after all—but his approval ratings had taken a nosedive in the past few months.
“Let’s listen to this guy’s statement when the press finally cornered him Friday afternoon,” Turley continued.
The sound quality changed—wind crackled against a cheap recorder. Sheriff Dan Lamb’s voice was calm, but there was no mistaking the hint of impatience.
“We are definitely on the lookout for Miss Dewalt, but as far as we can tell there’s no evidence of foul play. At this time we are not conducting a criminal investigation, nor are we conducting a missing person search. Look,” he said, his voice rising over the sudden murmur of a crowd. “This happens every year. Kids get separated from their friends. They overindulge, they forget to check in, and everyone panics. Then they turn up a few days later, safe and sound. There’s absolutely no safety problem here in Neptune.”
Some part of Lamb must have realized it was a bad idea to answer questions off the cuff about a missing girl, but he had a pathological inability to turn down media attention. It clearly ran in the family. His brother, Don—who’d been the sheriff when Veronica had been in high school—had been cut from the same cloth. And now Lamb’s sound bites had been playing on repeat through the weekend, making Neptune’s Sheriff’s Department look cavalier and incompetent.
The traffic started to move again. Veronica eased the car forward, narrowly missing two girls who stopped in the middle of the street to light each other’s cigarettes. They both held up their middle fingers in perfect unison. Veronica cheerfully flipped them off in return, then took a right toward Neptune’s Warehouse District.
The redbrick building that housed Mars Investigations had been a brewery at the turn of the twentieth century, but in the past decade it’d been subdivided into lofts and offices. Veronica was still getting used to it—back when she’d worked as her dad’s receptionist in high school, the office had been in a modest commercial district, surrounded by bookstores and Chinese takeout joints. But when the ’09er, an exclusive new nightclub, opened just down the street from their old location, rent had shot through the roof, effectively gentrifying her dad’s one­-man operation right out of the neighborhood. Rent here was more manageable.
Though if she didn’t land a good case soon, it still wouldn’t be manageable enough.
The Mars Investigations logo—a modified Eye of Providence with horizontal lines across the triangle—hung over the door to the walk­-up, etched in glass. Veronica climbed the creaking stairs. The place had an old­-building smell, dry and dusty and warm. At the top of the landing she pushed through the double doors to the outer office.
The room was neat but shabby. Light streamed through the blinds, falling in long bars across the floor. The walls were a deep taupe shade that took on a brooding tone in the shadows—the color had been picked for its cheapness rather than aesthetic qualities. A thrift­-store sofa sat beneath the hallway windows, a dusty rubber plant in the corner. Across from their color copier, a fish tank burbled quietly.
Cindy Mackenzie sat at the reception desk, watching Trish Turley on the biggest of the three monitors on her desk. Mac’s short shock of brown hair fell over one eye, and a slouchy gray sweater hung off one narrow shoulder. Veronica and Mac had been friends since their junior year at Neptune High. They’d been drawn together by Mac’s hacking skills, but it was their mutual misanthropy that had sealed the deal.
Mac looked up as Veronica shrugged out of her leather jacket, hanging it on a coat rack by the door. “Morning, boss.”
“Boss?” Veronica widened her eyes. “Did I start paying you?”
“No,” Mac said, her eyes darting back to her screen. “But it’s also not really morning.”
“I think thousands of spring breakers would disagree with you,” Veronica said.
A few months earlier, Mac had left a secure job at Kane Software to work with Veronica at Mars Investigations. The pay at Kane had been great, but the job itself wa...

Revue de presse

Praise for the television series Veronica Mars

Time, Entertainment Weekly, and Salon Best Show of the Year

“Nancy Drew meets Philip Marlowe, and the result is pure nitro.” —Stephen King

"Best. Show. Ever. Seriously, I've never gotten more wrapped up in a show I wasn't making, and maybe even more than those. . . . These guys know what they're doing on a level that intimidates me. It's the Harry Potter of shows." —Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and writer/director of Marvel's The Avengers

"Classic California film noir. . . . Raymond Chandler in its writing." —The Seattle Times

“Sharp wits, steely nerves, and a wicked sense of humor. . . . This is one TV case we don’t want to see closed.”—USA Today

“It’s what lies deeper that not only makes the show remarkable but what defines it. Mysteries are its central metaphor; Veronica solves little puzzles because she, like all of us, cannot unravel the bigger ones. . . . Filled with deft, glorious wit.” —Entertainment Weekly

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 336 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage (25 mars 2014)
  • Collection : Vintage
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0804170703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804170703
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,5 x 13,2 x 1,9 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.7 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pour les fans de la sé du film ! 27 mai 2014
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On retrouve vraiment bien l'univers de la série et du film. L'action de ce livre se déroule d'ailleurs APRES le film donc il vaut mieux avoir vu la série + le film pour tout suivre (même si les événements qui s'y déroulent sont rappelés).
Les personnages sont fidèles à eux mêmes et l’enquête intéressante.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ravie 3 mai 2014
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Ce livre prend la suite du film, ça se passe quelques semaines après. C'est très fidèle : on se sent complètement dans l'univers Veronica Mars et pas juste un livre "drame-policier" (ce que je redoutais le plus). De plus l'enquête est prenante, lecture très rapide (l'anglais est plutôt facile d'après moi, je n'ai même pas utiliser de dictionnaire). J'espère qu'il y aura une suite !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 génial 30 juin 2014
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Très bien et très intéressant . Suit bien la logique de la série . On s y plonge et replonge
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Continuation of the Series. 25 mars 2014
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Picks almost right up from where the movie left off. Veronica has put back on the private eye hat but the cases aren't exactly piling up, plus her dad, coming off of his physical therapy still isn't thrilled with her career choice.

Neptune is in the middle of its lucrative spring break season when a student is reported missing. The local Chamber of Commerce comes to Veronica to solve the case when Sheriff Lamb is his usual incompetent self. She's in the middle of retracing the missing girl's last known whereabouts (a luxurious, elaborate party thrown every night by mysterious hosts) when a second girl goes missing, a teenager with unexpected ties to Veronica's own past.

The book does a fine job of further exploring Veronica's relationship with her father and her closest friends, her faults and her strengths as investigator and brings to Veronica an opportunity for some unexpected closure to her life. Plus a twisty mystery.

I'm ready for the next book please.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I feel like the obsessive season 1 VM fanatic again! 26 mars 2014
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As a hardcore Veronica Mars fan that watched the series religiously when it aired (with repeat viewings too many times to count afterwards) and a kickstarter backer, how could I not love it?! I cannot even express what a thrill it is to be brought back to this world. I am still pinching myself in disbelief!

The book was a fun, fast read...maybe too fast. I sure wish it were longer. It felt like being transported back to season 1, except with a more adult feel. The book takes place two and a half months from when the movie ends which initially really disappointed me since naturally I made the (correct) assumption that there would hardly be any Logan in it. Logan is my favorite character in the VM universe so I really felt his absence in this book. There wasn't quite enough to satisfy me, but I soaked up any reference to him and all of his too brief appearances in the book anyway. I was tempted to give the book 4 stars over 5 for this reason alone, but I still just loved it so much and am still on such a VM high so 5 stars it is! Also, I know that a second book will be following so I am holding out all hope that Logan will feature more prominently in the next book.

I found the characterizations and their voices to be spot on. I thought the mystery was fun and compelling. And the surprise appearances in the book and the call backs to the series were awesome. I basically just smiled and felt giddy the whole way through! I have read that some were disappointed that the book was in third person instead of first, but I was not. The third person narrative really worked in my opinion and I did not feel distanced from Veronica in any way as some may have feared. In fact, it still utilizes her first person "voiceovers" by giving us italicized text in the first person. It worked just like the show did since Veronica can't be all knowing and omnipresent so obviously, third person narrative was the best way to go.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Veronica Mars in book form, but it turns out that I can be just as engrossed and invested in it as I was in the tv show. Sure, I would definitely love more movies and/or a television/netflix series, but I would also be happy with just more books since I enjoyed this one so very much. I just don't ever want to get off the VM train!!! But, please, more Logan! I can forgive this first book, but will be so unbearably sad if the next book (or books, please! would love more than just one more) don't give me more Logan.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Kristen Bell on audio great, novel a disappointment 12 avril 2014
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Despite the stellar reviews from VERONICA MARS fans who are understandably glad to have any book at all, this is a major disappointment. The best way to experience it is the audio book read by Kristen Bell herself, and I would give her the full five stars and more -- she does a lovely job, particularly in suggesting the voices of recurring characters. Those characters, however, are given short shrift by Graham (Rob Thomas could not have had much to do with this), giving them almost nothing to do except appear in a handful of walk-ons, and the couple of Logan Skype scenes are embarrassing. Starting with the almost meaningless and ungainly title, the novel is over-written and always gives us three details where one would do, and indulges throughout in a painful introspection on Veronica's part, telling where showing would be better. The re-introduction of a character from the series -- a major one that never really gelled on the show -- does give the narrative some weight in the Mars world, but it's not enough and isn't terribly convincing. The real disaster -- and this comes across in Bell's reading -- is the terrible decision to tell the story in third-person, even though Veronica is on stage for everything but a needless prologue. Real VERONICA MARS is first-person, in the grand Raymond Chandler tradition. Telling this convoluted but negligible story in third-person makes it seem even less like the show or the movie than it already does. There is a definite YA feel to this, and not in a good way -- Veronica thinks and acts like a teenager, when she is a law school graduate of at least 28. She should be a woman, not a girl. The most painful example of this is her girly girly reaction to her father's request that she carry a revolver and learn how to use it. Suddenly tough girl Veronica -- who a scene or two before almost got her throat slit by a drug dealer -- can't handle the notion of shooting a bad guy. Is this really supposed to be Veronica Mars? Whose father used to be sheriff? Who was a private eye through high school, working with her PI father? Who in one episode appeared familiar with firearms? Particularly badly handled are the last scenes, which include Veronica confronting one of the key bad guys, only to have the scene cut off wihout confrontation or excitement, followed by a new chapter with that bad guy being interrogated by the painfully dumb sheriff. An important, potentially strong scene is missing. In the unexciting climax, Veronica behaves stupidly and illogically, not even doing anything to warn her father. Keith Mars, by the way, is largely absent here, the excuse being he's recuperating. I say this as a Kickstarter backer and a fan who drove hundreds of miles to see the new movie in a theater. I so wish this were a good book. It's not terrible. The author puts words together vividly, if without any sense of less is more. Where is the first-person Veronica novel? And where is Veronica?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 problematic 2 avril 2014
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I love Veronica Mars. Sometimes, I think I'd like to be Veronica Mars. The story itself lived up to Veronica's standards - a well-plotted story that kept me guessing until the mystery' resolution. I could genuinely picture Veronica sniffing out bad guys at a tiki party.
What's not to love?
Veronica's voice, for one, which seems to have disappeared. And the writing itself, which feels a bit amateurish. I don't the way Lamb's eyes burn when he glares at Veronica, or the way a smile plays at her lips. These are overdone, cliche descriptors that are rife throughout. Sure, it's an easy read, and yes, I'm still a marshmallow and I'll definitely go through the whole series until Kristen Bell comes back to reclaim the series as her own in another sequel (or, better yet, a final ten-episode series to make me happy), but the writing just doesn't do justice to the brilliance that is Veronica Mars.
Also, not enough Logan. Just. Not. Enough.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 amazing 26 mars 2014
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Just as good as show minus the great acting. Loved all the surprises twist and turns. Really hope there are more books to come. Can't get enough of vm
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